As you wander out of introspective panel conversations and thought-provoking hallway banter, hold that thought for a moment and join us within the space of If We Paused in Mid Thought... a participatory audiovisual installation projecting the unimagined future. Take a breather and switch gears in these short interactive pop-up conversation sessions with 25 different writers over three weeks. You may encounter a workshop, a meditation, or an unexpected adventure. Within each of these pauses, discover what might collectively emerge in this space of possibilities.
This programme is made possible with the support of the High Commission of Canada.
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, the session with Vinita Ramani on 6 November 5pm will be cancelled.
**The session with Gong Wan Hui will be conducted in Mandarin.
Writers / Presenters
Josephine loves stories and writes to explore inner landscapes. If not for her mother, Mak, Josephine would not have gone to school or be a writer today. Josephine writes both fiction and non-fiction, for adults as well as children. Her topics include her Peranakan heritage, her kampong and Singapore’s past.
huda the goddess is the winner of the 2020/2021 QLD poetry slam competition and was crowned the Australian Poetry Slam champion in 2021.
nor's artistic practice is rooted in self-portraiture. Their works span the disciplines of photography, film, video, performance, text and spoken word poetry to engage with ideas of belonging and identity through frameworks of gender performance, ethnographic portraits and transnational histories.
Djohan writes poetry, essays and creative prose, and his works has been published both locally and abroad.
Christine Chia is the author of The Law of Second Marriages, and Separation: a history. She co-edited the groundbreaking anthology A Luxury We Cannot Afford.
Lauren Ho is a reformed legal counsel who now prefers to write for pleasure. Hailing from Malaysia, she is currently based in Singapore, where she’s ostensibly working on her next novel while attempting to parent.
Stephanie authored the poetry collection Roadkill for Beginners (Math Paper Press 2019), which she adapted into a short film called An Intermediate Guide to Roadkill with filmmaker Nina Chabra in 2021.
Muna Gurung is a writer, translator and educator based in Kathmandu. Her translation of Sulochana's Night was published by Tilted Axis Press in 2019.
Having fused both worlds of poetry and music through Sound Design, Production, Performance and the extrapolation of poetic text the main question that remains is how big of a stomach does my curiosity have.
Suriya Rethnna is an award-winning writer and Singapore’s first female Tamil novelist. A former teacher, she has written short stories and novels across a variety of genres, including horror and comedy.
Melissa Keil is a writer and children’s book editor. She is the author of three YA novels: Life in Outer Space, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl and The Secret Science of Magic.
Gong Wan Hui, also a painter, is one of the brightest writers in the Malaysian Chinese literary community.
Jessica Bellamy is an Australian playwright who has created theatre in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, regional New South Wales, Singapore, and the Philippines.
Kamal Al-Solaylee is a Canadian journalist and award-winning author of three books of nonfiction: Intolerable (2012); Brown (2016); and Return (2021).
Miguel Syjuco is a Filipino author, journalist, civil society advocate, and professor at New York University Abu Dhabi.
Wayne Rée is the co-creator of the prose/comics mash-up, Work-Life Balance, and the comic, Worlds Apart: A Conversation About Mental Health.
Ann Ang is a lecturer in English literature at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. As a writer, Ann is best known for Bang My Car (2012), a Singlish-English collection of short stories.
Eric Tinsay Valles has published the poetry collections A World in Transit and After the Fall: dirges among ruins as well as co-edited Get Lucky: An Anthology of Singapore and Philippine Writings, Sg Poems 2015-2016, The Nature of Poetry, and other anthologies. He has won a Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing prize as well as the Illumination and the ELit Book Awards.
Andeasyand is the illustrator and writer of A Drip. A Drop. A Deluge: A Period Tragicomedy. She peddles puns and observations surrounding mental health, the period cycle, and everything in between through illustrations and long captions. When she isn't, she is making a crafty mess. Find her on Instagram, @andeasyand.
Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips is a writer, performer, and educator from Singapore. She is an Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre and has writing and performance credits that include an eight-part podcast Vulnerable (2021), and A Grand Design – an audio experience (2020). Cheyenne is also a Young ASEAN Storyteller. Her writings can be found in QLRS, Contour: A Lyrical Cartography of Singapore, and Who are you my country?
Find her on Instagram at @thepoeticscientist.
Yong Shu Hoong has authored seven poetry collections, including Frottage (2005) and The Viewing Party (2013), which both won the Singapore Literature Prize, and the latest, Anatomy of a Wave (2022).
David Wong Hsien Ming discovered poetry as a child at a Sunday lunch. His work explores the dualities, contradictions and absurdities of being, and has appeared on platforms like Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Mascara Literary Review. His first collection, For the End Comes Reaching, is a meditation on the sense of loss that accompanies each having.