Click for more about Lourd Ernest H. de Veyra
Lourd Ernest H. de Veyra is an award winning poet, novelist, musician and broadcast journalist from Quezon City, Philippines. He has three published collections of poetry: Subterranean Thought Parade (1998), Shadowboxing in Headphones (2001) and Insectissimo (2011). He also released a novel called Super Panalo Sounds published by UST Publishing House in 2011, which was listed as a finalist in the 31st National Book Awards in the Philippines. He has also a published collection of selected essays from his www.Spot.ph blog titled This is a Crazy Planets (2011).
He has won four Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature as well as the Free Press Literary Awards and the first ever National Commission for Culture and the Arts Writers Prize.
He graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas as a Philippine Daily Inquirer Scholar. He wrote for the cultures and arts section of Today and was a junior associate for poetry at the UST Center for Creative Writing and Studies.
Lourd currently anchors for News 5, where he hosts a video commentary segment called Word of the Lourd, at the same time doing the weather report for Aksyon Prime, and hosting a talk show called Wasak for Aksyon TV 41. He also hosts a nightly radio commentary programme called Sabi Ni Lourd.
Click for more about Nguyen Dieu Linh
Nguyen Dieu Linh, born in 1978, is better known under her pen name Di Li. Borned and raised in Hanoi, Di Li now works as an instructor of English-American Culture at Hanoi Commerce and Tourism College. She also works in Public Relations and as a freelance columnist for several periodicals. She has been a member of Vietnam Writers Association since 2010, Hanoi Writers Association since 2011, and Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Association since 2012.
She has published thirteen books and especially well-known with Red Flower Farm which is the first mystery horror novel in Vietnam. The Yomiuri Shimbun said: “The high-circulation book has shown that Vietnamese readers were expecting a mystery-horror novel written by a Vietnamese author, not only by foreign authors”.
Di Li was awarded third prize in the Military Literature and Art Magazine Competition in 2006 for her two short stories, My Mischievous Students and Cocktail, and third prize in the Literature Competition in 2010 organised by People Police Publishing House for Red Flower Farm.
Click for more about Benjamin Markovits
Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London, Oxford and Berlin. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics – an experience he wrote about in Playing Days, a novel.
Since then he has taught high school English, worked at a left-wing cultural magazine, and written essays, stories and reviews for, among other publications, The New York Times, Granta, The Guardian, The London Review of Books and The Paris Review. He has published six novels, including Either Side of Winter, about a New York private school, and a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron: Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment and Childish Loves.
In 2009 he was a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and won a Pushcart Prize for his short story Another Sad, Bizarre Chapter in Human History. Granta Magazine selected him as one of the Best of Young British Novelists in 2013.
Markovits lives in London and is married, with a daughter and a son. He teaches Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Click for more about Nicola Morgan
Nicola Morgan is an award-winning British writer and professional speaker, mainly writing for teenagers but also for adults trying to become published. She was born and educated in a boys’ boarding school and was taught by her parents. She then went to a girls’ boarding school.
She is a graduate of Cambridge University, where she studied Classics and Philosophy, before becoming a teacher, later specialising in teaching children with dyslexia, which she did for sixteen years. All this time, she was practising to be a writer. She has now had over ninety books published. She is best known for writing for older children and teenagers, and has won two Scottish Arts Council prizes for her teenage fiction, including The Scottish Children’s Book of the Year for Sleepwalking and also for her latest novel, Wasted, which won several awards and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She also blogs and writes about publishing, writing and social media, and is the author of the widely-recommended Write to be Published. She has also self-published fiction and non-fiction.
She also has a long-standing fascination with the human brain, and her examination of the teenage brain, Blame My Brain, published in 2005, was short-listed for the prestigious Aventis Prize, and has been reprinted many times, recently being updated for a new edition in 2013. Nicola is a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, a current member of the committee of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group, within the Society of Authors and an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland.
She speaks regularly at festivals and conferences, and in schools, on subjects ranging from her books to the reading brain, adolescence and all aspects of publishing, writing and self-publishing. She lives in Edinburgh.
Click for more about Wipas Srithong
Wipas Srithong was born on 6th September 1970 in Phatthalung Province Southern Thailand. He moved to Bangkok with his family after primary school and attended Sarawittaya Secondary, however dropped out of school to help with the family business before graduating. While working with his family he studied independently and sat the university entrance examinations. He was accepted to the Medical School at Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. During his study for a degree in medicine Wipas decided not to continue with a career as a doctor and to follow his passion in art instead. This has included short film making, visual poetry and most extensively writing.
Wipas has published two collections of short stories, Moew Goa Chiwit / The Cat with Nine Lives (2002) and Wela Luang Phan Umong / Time Passes Through The Tunnel (2008), selected from his work regularly published in Thai newspapers, magazines and weeklies. His short stories have been awarded the Kukrij Pramote, Thai Writer and P.E.N.(Thailand) awards and his story Naked was adapted and performed as a play by Silapakorn University in 2005. He has published a collection of English language poetry, Graffiti (2002) and a collection of visual and concrete poetry, Treung Taa Kolabut / A Feast for the Eye of Verse (2011), which was earlier presented as an art exhibition at the 14 October 1973 Memorial in 2002. His first novel Khun Khrae / The Dwarf (2012) won the S.E.A. Write Award 2012. His second novel Mah Hua Khun / The Man Headed Dog was published in late 2012. He is now working on a new novel.
Click for more about Dr Ma Thida
Dr Ma Thida is a Burmese surgeon, human rights activist and writer. In addition to working at a non-profit hospital and clinic, she is the editor and publisher of a youth magazine in Yangon and writes commentary for a monthly Burmese literary magazine.
Recognised mostly for her short stories, she also writes non-fiction articles. Her first novel, The Sunflower, written in Burmese, was banned upon release. Her novel, The Roadmap (2011) which she published under the pen name Suragamika (which means the brave traveller) received the Norwegian Freedom of Speech Award in 2011. Her works have been translated into Catalan, English, Japanese, and Macedonian.
Dr Ma Thida studied medicine in the early 1980s and also took up writing at a young age, quickly gaining a reputation as a talented and progressive young writer. She became involved in Burma’s turbulent politics, taking up a job as a campaign assistant to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the National League for Democracy (NLD) during the 1990 general election.
In 1993, she was sentenced to twenty years in Insein Prison for “endangering public peace, having contact with illegal organisations, and distributing unlawful literature.” She served nearly six years in unhealthy and mostly solitary conditions. During this time, she was awarded several international human rights awards, including the Reebok Human Rights Award, the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award and an honorary award from the American Association of Arts and Sciences.
From 2008 to 2009 she lived in the United States as an International Writers Project Fellow at Brown University and a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. She has published nine books in Burmese and English, including two fictional works of and a prison memoir. Photo credit: Mette Karlsvik
Click for more about Chuah Guat Eng
Chuah Guat Eng (Malaysia, 1943) published her first novel, Echoes of Silence, in 1994. Her other works are Tales from the Baram River (2001), The Old House and Other Stories (2008), and a second novel, Days of Change (2010). She read English literature at University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, and German literature at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich. In 2008, she received her PhD from the National University of Malaysia for her thesis, From Conflict to Insight: A Zen-based Reading Procedure for the Analysis of Fiction. She was Research Fellow at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Putra University Malaysia from 2011 to 2013, and will soon be joining the governing board of ODI (Organization of Diaspora Initiatives) International, a non-profit research organization dealing with global Diasporas based in India, as a Vice-President. She is currently working on her third novel.
Click for more about Rishi Reddi
Rishi Reddi is a writer and environmental lawyer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of Karma and Other Stories, published by Ecco/ HarperCollins and winner of the 2008 PEN New England / L.L. Winship prize for fiction. Her work has been read on National Public Radio, performed at New York City’s Symphony Space, and published in Best American Stories, Harvard Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals.
Her essays and translations have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Asian American Literary Review, and the Partisan Review. Her first novel, West, is forthcoming.
Rishi has been practicing environmental law for state and federal government for the past twenty years. She has served on the boards of SAALT, a national non-partisan civil rights organization that serves the South Asian-American community, and Grub Street Inc, Boston’s beloved creative writing center. She has also served as Amnesty International’s Massachusetts Legislative Liason.
Her first novel, West, is forthcoming.
Click for more about Gina Yap Lai Yoong
Malaysian born Chinese lass, Gina Yap Lai Yoong, realised her dream of becoming a novelist at the age of 24 when her first Malay debut novel hits the local bookshelves in 2010. Some may find it surprising that a Chinese writer has chosen to write in the Malay language. For Gina, it was only natural to do so as half of her book collection consists of local Malay novels. She grew up reading them, and now she is writing them. Her other published works include Ngeri (Malay novel, Buku Fixi, 2011), Mangsa (Malay novel, Buku Fixi, 2012), short story in Kopi (Buku Fixi, 2012) and a collaborative contribution to Leap (a novel written by 29 writers from 4 cities written in 24 hours around the world, Spread The Word, 2012).
Click for more about Uthaya Sankar SB
Uthaya Sankar SB is a Malaysian writer who writes in Bahasa Malaysia. Some of his writings are also available in English and Tamil in his blog. He writes non-conventional short stories as well as poetry, novels and articles. Some of his writings have been translated to Tamil, Mandarin and English.Many assume that he grew up in a Malay environment and that is the reason he can write and speak Bahasa Malaysia well. But that is far from the truth. He grew up in a village (Aulong Lama in Taiping, Perak) where the majority were Indians and there were only two Malay families. (theSun, 16 July 2009) His criticisms of Tamil literature in Malaysia entitled “What Tamil Writers?”(New Straits Times, 11 February 2004) drew a response from R. Karthigesu.
Click for more about Shamini Flint
Shamini Flint began her career in law in Malaysia and also worked at an international law firm in Singapore. She traveled extensively around Asia for her work, before resigning to be a stay-at-home mum, writer, part-time lecturer and environmental activist, all in an effort to make up for her ‘evil’ past as a corporate lawyer! Her Inspector Singh novels are published by Little, Brown and have been translated into numerous languages. The sixth and most recent title (release date Sept 2013) is Inspector Singh Investigates: A Calamitous Chinese Killing. Shamini also writes children’s books with cultural and environmental themes including The Seeds of Time, an environmental fantasy and Ten, a tale of growing up and football (which is part of the Singapore primary school syllabus).Her most recent children’s book, featuring Marcus the reluctant sports star, is Diary of a Taekwondo Master.
Click for more about Elaine Foster
Elaine Foster specialises in teaching public speaking using the skills of performance poetry and spoken word. She regularly organises and hosts spoken word events including The Big Fish, a monthly storytelling event for big kids. She teaches for Blu Bricks, a speech and drama school based in Kota Damansara and KLPAC, and is presently working with Astro’s Oh My English at School roadshow, using poetry and drama to encourage children to speak better English.
Click for more about Abby Latif
Abby Latif is a performance poet, a storyteller and a producer who believes in good faith, sincerity and originality. She likes to hug people too.
Click for more about Illya sumanto
Illya sumanto is an avant-garde witch, a poet, and a peculiar cannibal who only considers elephant tails in her soups. No chilli, please!
Click for more about Khairani Barokka
Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, performer, artist, and advocate/researcher. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, teaches, perform spoken word and performance art, promotes arts, tech, and disability activism–and EATS–internationally. She is currently the 2013 Emerging Writers Festival’s International Writer-in-Residence, and will be Tutti, Inc.’s International Artist-in-Residence for 2013.
Click for more about Sharon Bakar
Sharon Bakar was born in the UK but has lived and worked in Nigeria and, for the past 30 years, in Malaysia. She wears several different hats including teacher-trainer, freelance writer, editor, creative writing teacher, literary blogger, and most recently, independent publisher.
Her articles, reviews, and short fiction have appeared in a number of Malaysian publications including The Star, Off the Edge, Men’s Review, Kakiseni, Quill and Chrome magazine, and in A Subtle Degree of Restraint (MPH 2011). She is the editor of an anthology of short fiction, Collateral Damage, published by Silverfish Books, and was one of the judges for MPH’s Short Story Competition in 2010.
She teaches creative writing, and has run her courses in partnership with several organisations including the British Council.
She organizes Readings, a monthly event for local writers, at Seksan Gallery in Bangsar, KL, and is the co-editor (along with Bernice Chauly) and publisher of Readings From Readings: New Malaysian Writing, and readings From Readings 2: New Writing from Malaysia, Singapore and
Click for more about Bernice Chauly
Bernice Chauly is a Malaysian writer, poet, teacher and Festival Curator of the George Town Literary Festival in Penang. Born to Chinese-Punjabi teachers, she read Education and English Literature in Canada as a government scholar. She is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry and prose; going there and coming back (1997), The Book of Sins (2008), Lost in KL (2008) and the literary memoir Growing Up With Ghosts (2011) which won in Non-Fiction Category of the Reader’s Choice Awards. In 2012, she was invited to be writer-in-residence with the Nederlands Letterenfonds (Dutch Foundation for Literature) in Amsterdam where she began work on a novel. She has toured and performed in literary festivals in Suriname, the Dutch Antilles, South Africa, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the Netherlands. She lectures in English and Creative Writing at Taylor’s University in Kuala Lumpur. Onkalo, her third collection of poems will be published by Math Paper Press (Singapore) later this year.
Click for more about Rozlan Md Noor
Rozlan Md Noor was born in August 1953 in the seaside town of Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. Joined the Royal Military College and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the infantry division. Upon his run-out-date (ROD), he left the Army to join the Royal Malaysia Police. During his tour as a police Inspector he was a court prosecutor, Selangor SWAT Commander, Computer Programmer and the Office In-Charge of Station (OCS) Dang Wangi.
After serving 11 years he joined the private sector as a human resource practitioner attached to several multinationals. After 26 years, he started his own consultation firm in human resource, training and security.
In 2010, he took time off from his firm and indulged in his passion – writing. In the same year his first book 21 Immortals Inspector Mislan & the Yee Sang Murders was published. It was shortlisted for the Commonwealth First Book Prize 2011 and long-listed for Impact Literary Award 2012. His second book DUKE – Inspector Mislan and the DUKExpressway Murders was long-listed for the Impact Literary Award 2013. In December 2013, his third book UTUBE – Inspector Mislan and the Serial Rapes was released.
His fourth book is a Malay novel – Infantisid BTS will be launched in September and he expects to launch fifth an English novel book BAYU by October or November latest.
Click for more about Huzir Sulaiman
Huzir Sulaiman (born in 1973) is a Malaysian actor, director and writer. One of Malaysia’s leading dramatists, acclaimed for his vibrant, inventive use of language and incisive insight into human behavior in general and the Asian psyche in particular. His plays, often charged with dark humor, political satire, and surrealistic twists, have won numerous awards and international recognition. He currently lives in Singapore. He is best known for his works “Atomic Jaya”, “The Smell of Language”, “Hip-Hopera” the Musical, “Notes on Life and Love and Painting”, “Election Day”, “Those Four Sisters Fernandez”, “Occupation” and “Whatever That Is” which have been published in his collection of “Eight Plays” by Silverfish Books. He also contributes articles to the The Star (Malaysia).
Click for more about Alfian bin Sa'at
Alfian bin Sa’at is a Singaporean writer, poet and playwright. He is a Muslim of Minangkabau, Javanese and Hakka descent. Alfian published his first collection of poetry, One Fierce Hour at the age of twenty-one. The book was acclaimed as “truly a landmark for poetry [in Singapore]” by The Straits Times, and Alfian himself was described by Malaysia’s New Straits Times as “one of the most acclaimed poets in his country… a prankish provocateur, libertarian hipster”. A year later, Alfian published his first collection of short stories, Corridor, which won the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award. Alfian’s plays, written in both English and Malay, have received broad attention in both Singapore and Malaysia. They have also been translated into German and Swedish, and have been read and performed in London, Zurich, Stockholm, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.
Click for more about Amir Muhammad
Amir Muhammad is a writer and independent filmmaker based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was born on December 5, 1972 in Kuala Lumpur and was educated at the University of East Anglia. He has been writing for Malaysian print media since the age of 14, notably the New Straits Times. In 2000, he wrote and directed Malaysia’s first DV feature. Some of his works have also been featured in a number of international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. Two of his films, Apa Khabar Orang Kampung and The Last Communist have been banned in Malaysia. A full retrospective of his work was screened at the 2008 Pesaro Film Festival, Italy. He is a partner at Da Huang Pictures. He started publishing non-fiction books in 2007 under his company Matahari Books and is taking a break from film-making.
Click for more about Brian Gomez
Brian Gomez was a journalist, copywriter and sometime pub-musician in Kuala Lumpur before he quit his job in 2005 to go traveling and write his first novel – Devil’s Place, which was published in Malaysia in 2008 and has been published and translated, for some strange reason, in Italy. If anyone asks, he says he’s currently working on a sequel to Devil’s Place, his first album and possibly a movie, which he’s been saying for the last three years.
Click for more about A. Samad Said
Abdul Samad bin Muhammad Said, pen name A. Samad Said (born 9 April 1935) is a Malaysian poet and novelist who, in May 1976, was named by Malay literature communities and many of the country’s linguists as the Pejuang Sastera [Literary Exponent] receiving, within the following decade, the 1979 Southeast Asia Write Award and, in 1986, in appreciation of his continuous writings and contributions to the nation’s literary heritage, or Kesusasteraan Melayu, the title Sasterawan Negara.
Click for more about Marina Mahathir
Marina Mahathir is well known as a leader in many non-governmental organizations such as the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and is currently an active socio-political blogger. She also writes in her bi-weekly column called Musings in The Star newspaper since 1989. Some of her pieces in the column have been published in her books such as 50 Days: Rantings by MM, published in 1997 and Telling It Straight, published in 2012 by Editions Didier Millet. The latter is a selection of her articles published in her column between 2003 and 2012. It includes a foreword by Dr Farish A. Noor, a local political scientist and historian. It contains 90 articles which are written thematically including a special written introduction on the topics discussed in the book. It also includes two previously unpublished articles.
Click for more about Suzanne Joinson
Suzanne Joinson’s first novel ‘A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar’ was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. It was reviewed in the New York Times, was an LA Times Bestseller, a Guardian/Observer Book of the Year 2012 and translated into 12 languages. She regularly travels widely across the Middle East, North Africa, China and Europe. In 2007 she won the New Writing Ventures Award for Creative Non-Fiction for ‘Laila Ahmed’. She is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and lives by the sea on the South Coast of England.