This programme is co-presented with Ethos Books and includes a live Q&A towards the end of the session.
Writers / Presenters
Firdaus Sani is a fourth-generation Orang Laut, whose ancestry can be traced to the Riau islands. In 2020, Firdaus started Orang Laut Singapore (@oranglautsg), a page dedicated to retelling stories of Pulau Semakau, one of Singapore’s Southern Islands, through photographs and stories based on his family's experience. Firdaus also offers traditional Orang Laut cuisine, home-cooked by his mother Mdm Nooraini at www.oranglaut.sg. He works at an environmental non-profit and strives to bridge the gap between sustainability and island traditions.
Esther Vincent Xueming is the editor-in-chief and founder of The Tiger Moth Review, an international eco journal of Art & Literature based in Singapore. She is the author of Red Earth (Blue Cactus Press, 2021), an ecofeminist collection of poetry, and co-editor of Making Kin, an anthology of ecofeminist personal essays from Singapore (Ethos Books, 2021). She has also co-edited two poetry anthologies, Little Things (Ethos Books, 2013) and Poetry Moves (Ethos Books, 2020), which are taught in schools locally.
ArunDitha is a Singaporean poet, singer, professional speaker and presenter. She has written three books, two one-woman shows, and countless poems and songs which have been featured on all kinds of stages globally. When not creating work, ArunDitha supports others into their fullest expression through coaching at www.be-your-self.love.
Diana Rahim is an editor, writer, and occasional visual artist currently working in a non-profit organisation. Her present work across mediums have focused on the politics of public space, the human experience and relationship with the environment, and issues pertaining to Muslim women in Singapore.