Everything is on the table including happy meals, muscles, social media followers, bank accounts, bubble teas, and BTOs… more or less ;) We’re sure there’s more to add, so maybe even upsize this list — or don’t! It’s time to decide if maximalist instincts pay off, or if it’s better to live a simpler, less fatigued life.
To attend the session in person, click the button above to register after purchasing a Festival Pass. Limited seats are available and details will be sent to the email used for registration. Registration opens on 4 October at 12pm.
David Wong Hsien Ming
Gwee Li Sui
Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai
Djohan Abdul Rahman
Writers / Presenters
Djohan started off writing lyrics in 1992. However, he started writing short stories, poetry and essays in 1998. To date, he has published two short story anthologies, and collaborates with publishers from Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
Jo is an actress, writer, and radio jock. Her work has been seen as far as New York, London and Cannes. In Singapore, she won Best Actress at The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2020 for her self-penned one-woman show Forked (2019). You can hear her every weekday on Kiss 92's morning show, Wake Up and Go with Div & Jo. She's also a proud Dungeons and Dragons streamer on Twitch with SEA's most prominent D&D livestreamers, The 4th Culture.
Mrigaa Sethi was born in Delhi and raised in Bangkok. Her poems have appeared in The Seneca Review, Mahogany Journal and other journals. She has performed as a storyteller at Other Tongues: A Festival of Minority Voices, the Singapore Night Festival and StoryFest. Last year, she hosted a podcast series on mysticism as part of the Singapore Writers Festival.
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.
Stephanie Dogfoot (they/she) is a writer, performer and producer of live literature and comedy events. They are the founder of Spoke & Bird Poetry, a poetry night that happens both online and in-person. Their first poetry collection, Roadkill for Beginners, was published in 2019. In 2021, they co-produced and performed in a short film An Intermediate Guide to Roadkill based on poems from the book. They are a co-editor of EXHALE: An Anthology of Queer Singapore Voices, published in 2021.
Gwee Li Sui has seven poetry books to date, the latest being This Floating World. He is also a comics creator who wrote and drew Singapore’s first long-form graphic novel in English, Myth of the Stone. He loves to make all kinds of books, and his recent publications include Singlish translations of well-loved literary classics.
Adrian is the author of the bestselling novels The Teenage Textbook and The Teenage Workbook. His books have inspired television, film and stage adaptations. He is a partner at TSMP Law Corporation.