This programme is co-presented with Ethos Books and includes a live Q&A towards the end of the session.
Writers / Presenters
Daren Shiau was born in 1971, and is an author of five books. He received the Young Artist Award for Literature in 2002.
Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of four novels, including Singapore Literature Prize finalist Sugarbread, and Inheritance, which won the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist award. Her international bestseller Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows was selected by Reese Witherspoon's Book Club, with a forthcoming feature film adaptation. Besides fiction, Jaswal has also written essays and op-eds which have appeared in publications such as The New York Times. She is preparing for the 2023 release of her upcoming novel.
Aaron Maniam's debut poetry collection Morning at Memory's Border (2005) was shortlisted for the 2007 Singapore Literature Prize. Second Persons was published in 2018. He has mentored young writers under the Creative Arts Programme since 2004 and NAC's Mentor Access Project. He has twice judged manuscripts for Sing Lit Station's Poetry Bootcamp. He is a civil servant by profession.
Annaliza Bakri holds an MA from the Department of Malay Studies at the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include the interplay of ideology and ethnicity in shaping dominant narratives in Literature. Her works and interviews have been published by Prairie Schooner, Budi Kritik (2019), and more. She edited and translated the poetry anthology Sikit-Sikit Lama-lama Jadi Bukit (2017). She co-translated award-winning poet Alvin Pang's What Gives Us Our Names (2011) into Malay - Yang Menamakan Kita (2019).