Asian Women Writers Festival

11/14/2017 1:15:40 PM
written By : Team India Se Print

Calling all book lovers. India Se Media will be hosting the second Asian Women Writers Festival on January 19-20 at the Arts House in Singapore. The Asian Woman Writer of the Year Award carrying a cash prize of $5,000 will be presented during the festival this time, too. There is also the Best Literature Teacher Award carrying a cash prize of $2,000 and a Short Story Writing contest open to the public. Click here to get your tickets now! Available for $20 each, the tickets are valid for both days and there will be light refreshments for ticket holders each day.

Here are brief profiles of the authors.

Jung Chang

Jung Chang is the author of the best-selling books Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (1991), Mao: The Unknown Story (2005, with Jon Halliday) and Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China (2013). Translated into more than 40 languages, her books have sold more than 15 million copies around the world. Born in Sichuan province in China in 1952, she worked as a peasant, a “barefoot” doctor, steelworker and electrician during the Cultural revolution (1966-76). In 1978, she left China for Britain, where she obtained a PhD in linguistics in 1982 at the University of York -- the first person from Communist China to receive a doctorate from a British university. Besides winning many awards including the UK Writers Guild Best for Non-Fiction and Book of the Year UK, she has received honorary doctorates from Open University and the universities of Warwick, Buckingham and Dundee in Britain and Bowdoin College in the US.

 Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De, India’s top social commentator and novelist, is a patron of the Asian Women Writers Festival. She is best known for having been the youngest editor of Stardust and was responsible for its success. This was followed by Society and Celebrity. She was the first Indian author to have her own imprint with Penguin Books in 2010. A leading columnist known for her frank and outspoken views, she has also written for several popular soaps on television, including India’s second daily serial, Swabhimaan.

Balli Kaur Jaswal

Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of Inheritance, which won the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award in 2014, and Sugarbread, a finalist for the 2015 inaugural Epigram Books Fiction prize. Her third novel, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (Harper Collins/ William Morrow) was released internationally in March 2017. Born in Singapore with roots in Punjab, she grew up living in Japan, Russia, the Philippines, Australia and the US. She has been a writer in residence at the University of East  Anglia and Nanyang Technological University.

Mitra Phukan

Mitra Phukan Is a writer, columnist and trained classical vocalist from Guwahati, Assam. She has written several children’s books, a biography and two novels -- The Collector’s Wife and A Monsoon of Music.  The Collector’s Wife, set against the Assam agitation of the 1970s and ‘80s, was one of the furst generation English novels by an Assamese writer to be published by an international house. Her works have been translated into several Indian and European languages. She also won the Unicef-CRT award for children’s writing for her book, Mamoni’s Adventure (1986). Her fortnightly column in The Assam Tribune is widely read and she is one of the most prominent voices in English from north-east India.

Noelle Q de Jesus

Noelle Q de Jesus is a Filipina American fictionist who has lived for the last 17 years in Singapore. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines and journals in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, France and the United States. She conceptualised nd edited the flash fiction anthology series Fast Food Fiction: Short Stories To Go and Fast Food Fiction Delivery (Anvil Publishing). Her first book of short fiction, Blood: Collected Stories, was published by Ethos Books Singapore and it won the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Short Fiction. Last May, she was invited to the Brockport Writers Forum at SUNY in Brockport, New York. Noelle is married to a writer and they have two university-aged children. Even though she feels Filipino at heart and American by circumstance, she considers Singapore home.

Nuraliah Norasid

Nuraliah Norasid is the author of The Gatekeeper, her debut novel, which won the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Her writing in her fantasy story about a young medusa who becomes a gatekeeper of an underground community of non-humans was described by playwright Haresh Sharma as “confident and effortless”. She holds a PhD in Enlgish Literture and Creative Writing from Nanyang Technological University and works as a research associate at the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA), where she studies marginalisation and the confluence of religious ideas and secular society. Her writing has been published in QLRS, Karyawan Magazine, AMPlified and Perempuan: Malay Women Speak Out.

Sabyn Javeri

Sabyn Javeri is an award-winning short story writer and the author of the bestselling novel, Nobody Killed Her. Her short stories have been published in literary journals such as The South Asian Review, Wasafiri, Trespass, Bengal Lights, Sugar Mule, and in award-winning anthologies and creative writing textbooks. She has also received the Oxonion Review Short Story Award and was shortlisted for the first Tibor Jones Award. She has a Master’s from Oxford University and a doctorate from the University of Leicester. Born in Pakistan, she now divides her time between London and Karachi, where she is an assistant professor for creative writing at Habib University.

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