Gwee Li Sui (Keynote)

Gwee Li Sui is a poet, graphic artist and literary critic. He wrote Singapore’s first full-length comic-book novel, Myth of the Stone, and published a volume of humorous verse, Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?. A familiar name in Singapore’s literary scene, he has written essays on a range of cultural subjects and edited Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature II, Telltale: Eleven Stories, and Man/Born/Free: Writings on the Human Spirit from Singapore.

Laremy Lee (Keynote)

Laremy writes in different genres. His writing has been printed in Ceriph, Her World and Esquire and published online at the Quarterly Literary Review, Singapore and POSKOD.SG. Excerpts of his works can be accessed at www.laremy.sg. A literary editor and educator, Laremy was the dramaturg for the National University of Singapore Dramafest 2012 and 2013, and has also run workshops for students in both the Ministry of Education Creative Arts Programme and the Victoria Junior College Integrated Programme. Laremy was Singapore’s Writer-in-Residence at the Toji Cultural Centre in Korea from April to May 2013. He is a Correspondent with The Straits Times (ST) Schools desk and also reviews plays for ST Life!.

Tan Dan Feng (Publishers Speak)

Tan Dan Feng is a director of Select Books, a Singapore book retailer, distributor and publisher. He is also executive director of a regional translation group and an award-winning language technology developer. Books that he has edited and co-edited included: Singapore Shifting Boundaries (2011), Indonesia Rising: Islam, Democracy and the Rise of Indonesia as a Major Power (2009) and The Chinese in Indonesia (2008).

Phil Tatham (Publishers Speak)

Originally from England, Phil completed a degree in Southeast Asia Studies, majoring in Indonesian literature, before relocating to Southeast Asia where he has worked in publishing for over fifteen years. He established Monsoon Books in 2004 and is on a mission to find new talent and put publishing in Asia at the heart of the literary world.

Eliza Teoh (Publishers Speak, Hooked In: Journalists Retain Returning Readers)

Eliza Teoh was a political journalist and sub-editor with The Straits Times. She is the author of the national bestselling Ellie Belly children's series, which has sold more than 45,000 copies to date. As the Director of the children's publishing firm Bubbly Books, Eliza enjoys working with young writers. The youngest writer she is working with is 11 years old. Young writers may submit their drafts for consideration to [email protected]

Amanda Lee Koe (Publishers Speak)

Amanda Lee Koe is the fiction editor of Esquire Singapore, editor of creative non-fiction magazine POSKOD, co-editor of literary journal Ceriph and communications lead at design and communications practice studioKALEIDO. She spearheaded and edited Eastern Heathens, an anthology subverting Asian folklore, while her first book, Ministry of Moral Panic, a collection of edgy transnational short stories, was released at SWF 2013.

Ovidia Yu (Shifting Genres: From Plays, Poetry to Prose)

After focusing on theatre for over 25 years, Ovidia Yu made the switch to writing fiction. This resulted in a children’s book, The Mudskipper, and a new edition of her retro Singapore mystery, Miss Moorthy Investigates. Aunty Lee’s Delights, featuring a plump Peranakan chef-sleuth, was published by William Morrow/HarperCollins last September. Ovidia has received the NAC’s Young Artist Award, the Singapore Youth Award and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore Foundation Culture Award. She attended the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program on a Fulbright Scholarship and is a non-resident fellow of Eusoff College, National University of Singapore.

Felix Cheong (Shifting Genres: From Plays, Poetry to Prose)

Felix Cheong is the author of nine books, including four collections of poetry and a short-story collection titled Vanishing Point, which was longlisted for the prestigious Frank O’Connor Award in 2013. In 2000, he received the National Arts Council’s Young Artist of the Year Award for Literature. In 2004, he was nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize. Felix, who has a master’s degree in Creative Writing, is currently an adjunct lecturer with the University of Newcastle and Murdoch University. His latest book is a collection of satirical tales called Singapore Siu Dai.

Joshua Ip (Shifting Genres: From Plays, Poetry to Prose)

Joshua Ip is a published poet making his first foray into prose. He won 2nd place at GPA in 2011 for English Poetry, which kickstarted his writing career. His second poetry collection, making love with scrabble tiles, will be released by Math Paper Press in Nov 2013.

Vivienne Yeo (Shifting Genres: From Plays, Poetry to Prose)

Vivienne Yeo teaches literature and writing to students from all walks of life from her home near the Bukit Batok Nature Park. She always encourages her students to love verbs more than adjectives. She has a weakness for pots and pans, and hardcover books. Her book of poems “If You’re Not, Why Not?” held the third spot behind Dan Brown and Marian Keyes over a weekend in 2006 at Borders Bookstore. To calm the mind, she practices yoga and slices paper-thin Japanese cucumber.

Adele Chan (Hooked In: Journalists Retain Returning Readers)

Adele Chan is the Editor-in-Chief of NYLON SINGAPORE and Surface Asia. She has been in the Singapore media industry for more than a decade, and her background in beauty and music, and her strong interest in fashion and design is the driving force behind these international titles.

Linda Collins (Hooked In: Journalists Retain Returning Readers)

Singapore-based Linda Collins is a regular writer of columns such as The Expat Files and of book reviews for The Sunday Times and is a copyeditor for The Straits Times. A New Zealander, she has also worked on other newspapers including The Australian Financial Review and, in Britain, The Sun.

Colin Cheong (Writers vs. Editors)

Colin Cheong’s first novel, , won the NBDCS Book Award (Highly Commended) in 1990. His other works of fiction include Tangerine — which won the 1996 Singapore Literature Prize, and The Man in the Cupboard — which received the Merit award at the 1998 Singapore Literature Prize. His poetry collection, Void Decks and Other Empty Places, won the Commendation award at the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize. His latest novel, Polite Fiction, was published in 2011, the same year The Colin Cheong Collection (which gathers his earlier short fiction) was released.

Adeline Foo (Writers vs. Editors)

An MFA graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Adeline Foo has published 22 children’s books. These include seven national bestsellers that have collectively remained on The Straits Times bestseller list for more than 84 weeks. Two books in The Diary of Amos Lee series were adapted into a 10-part television series. A new book, One Boy’s Quest to Learn What It Means to be Singaporean, kickstarting a middle-grade series, was published by the National Library Board as part of the Singapore Memory Project.

Joyce Sim (Writers vs. Editors)

Joyce Sim is an editor and writer. She has edited for Read! Singapore, Youth Writers Awards Asia, Singapore Arts Festival and Singapore Street Festival, and written for Reader’s Digest Asia, Singapore Architect, iSh Magazine and other publications. She has edited graphic novels and comics series for local and regional comics talents such as The Resident Tourist and Loti by Troy Chin, Malinky Robot and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew, Gone Case by Koh Hong Teng and Dave Chua, and the third volume of Liquid City, an upcoming Southeast Asian comics anthology published by Image Comics.

Jocelyn Lau (Writers vs. Editors)

Jocelyn Lau is the resident editor at Math Paper Press, the publishing arm of the local independent bookstore, BooksActually. A graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver (Colorado, USA), she has worked as editor in most of the major book publishing houses in Singapore. Also a writer, she published her first book of haiku, Hello, Baby, in 2013. At present, Jocelyn is working on her second volume of haiku, and also contributing to two short fiction series by Math Paper Press: Twenty-Four Flavours and LiterallyMaps. Her other job as realtor supports her dream to retire early.

Linn Shekinah (Writers vs. Editors)

Linn Shekinah made her first foray into children’s picture books with “The Watchtower Warrior”. It won the Media Development Authority’s [MDA’s] First-Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing Initiative Award and a reviewer described the book as “a gateway into a fascinating chapter of Chinese cultural and social heritage”. She was commissioned by the Preservation Monuments Board of National Heritage Board to pen “The Fearless Twins and the Magical Kaleidoscope: A Narrow Escape”. The time spent experimenting with sauces, spices and recipes inspired Linn to write “Dou Dou, the Imperial Chef”, and The “Asian Spice kids”, her first series of bilingual books, sponsored by the Lee Kuan Yew Bilingualism Fund.

Marc Checkley (Writing and Developing a Documentary)

Previously the Group Editor of Television & Entertainment at Ten Alps Asia, Marc is an expert in various media fields, including children’s TV and theatre. Having worked with the China Daily to produce the Olympic Channel, Marc is now an advisor to Singapore’s Workforce Development Authority’s Creative Industries training framework. His independent project — A documentary celebrating Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series — is expected to debut this year.

Craig McTurk (Writing and Developing a Documentary)

Craig McTurk is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Film & Media Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, where he has taught Documentary Production for the past twelve years. He has directed or produced films in Japan, India and the United States. He has worked for companies such as National Geographic Television, Animal Planet and PBS in the US. McTurk is a former consultant to the Singapore Film Commission and is a Permanent Resident of Singapore. He received an MFA in Film/Video from CalArts, at which time his graduation film received a Student Academy Award in the Documentary category.

Ho Jia Jian (Viddsee)

Ho Jia Jian is an entrepreneur, engineer and filmmaker. He co-founded Viddsee, an online video platform to stream Asian short films for the social web. As a filmmaker under the short film collective, studiothree, he recently directed a film Paper Boxes, and was director of photography for short films In Our Own Words, and CASHLESS. These films have travelled to more than 10 different film festivals around the world.

Gabby Tye (Young & Published)

Gabby Tye is a 14-year-old secondary three student from St Margaret’s Secondary School. Gabby’s Young Adult trilogy is a modern-day take on Hansel and Gretel, tackling the themes of food shortage, genetically-modified crops, and the ethics of survival in a world where adults have abandoned their children in the desperate attempt to save themselves. The second book in the trilogy, Hide, will be published in 2014. The movie rights to RunHideSeek have already been optioned to Woosh Pictures Pte Ltd.

Lesley-Anne (Young & Published)

Lesley-Anne Tan is the co-author of the action-packed Danger Dan children’s book series. Based in Singapore, Danger Dan is a quirky concoction of time-travel, comic books and superheroes. The first book of the five-part series will be launched in January 2014. Lesley-Anne is 16 years old and currently studying at a junior college. As a student, she writes mostly essays and papers, which isn’t too exciting. Writing Danger Dan is way more fun.

Munirah Jaafar (Young & Published)

Munirah Jaafar (Pen name: Nirrosette) is an emerging Singaporean writer, passionate about the Malay Language. She has written short stories and poetry for the local Malay newspaper ever since she was ten and has published three novels so far: Ikhlas A.K! (August 2011), Nah, untuk awak! (May 2012) and Tunggu Aira di Kota Bandung (September 2013). Her latest work, Gaun Pengantin Untuk Hannah is featured in Antologi Cerpen Kerana Dia Ratu Sehari (December, 2013).

Jamie Nonis (Young & Published)

Jamie Nonis is the founder of The Writers Club, a vibrant and fast-growing online community. During her 13-year career, Jamie has written for some of the most ubiquitous publications in Singapore, including stints as the editor of a luxury travel magazine and managing editor of an annual coffee table book. Today, the sought-after freelance writer/editor heads her own marketing communications firm and also provides copywriting for corporate projects. Jamie is driven by a vision to give back to the community and hopes to inspire and nurture young talent through the writing workshops and events organised by The Writers Club.

Haresh Sharma (The Playwright’s Journey)

Haresh is the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage and co-Artistic Director of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. To date, he has written more than 100 plays. His play Off Centre was chosen as a Literature text for the GCE N and O Levels. An extensive investigation into his work, Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature Vol. 6, was published in 2008 by Ethos Books, and his selected plays have also been translated in Mandarin under the title 「哈里斯•沙玛剧作选」.

Peter Sau (The Playwright’s Journey, Adapting Story to Stage Workshop)

A recipient of the 2011 Young Artist Award, Peter Sau has directed Machine, Big Fool Lee, A Madwoman’s Diary and K. He acted in The Art of Living in the In-Between, TKK and Asian Boys Vol. 1, all of which won the Life! Theatre Awards ‘Best Ensemble’, and was nominated ‘Best Actor’ for House of Sins. He has performed in Malaysia, Indonesia, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, India, Hungary and Romania. In 2012, he wrote, directed, and performed the one-man show Tell Me When to Laugh and When to Cry as a tribute to his mentor, Kuo Pao Kun, on his 10th death anniversary. Peter’s recent works in 2013 include performing in Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol.1 and LIFT: Love is Flower The, as well as directing Square Moon. Peter holds a Professional Diploma in Intercultural Theatre (Acting) from the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI), Singapore and teaches part-time at the School of the Arts (SOTA).

For the Love of Books Team (Bringing Books to Life!)

Rini, Vicky, Jade, and Sneha: four girls from four different corners of Asia, with a common passion for reading. With a penchant for all things literary, we decided to launch a campaign that promotes literature for our Final Year Project at the Wee Kim Wee School, Nanyang Technological University. As part-time communication studies students and full-time literature advocates, we aim to instill in Singaporeans a curiosity and passion for literature. Through this project, we hope to bring to attention old and new books, both local and international, in a quest to broaden the scope of reading of our peers.

Samantha de Silva (Crafting Characters & Editing Skills Workshops)

Samantha de Silva develops and conducts courses in communication skills, and runs writing mentorship/ coaching programmes. She creates content, copy-edits, and proofreads for corporate, academic and creative projects. She also works on script analysis and writing for game, film, and fiction projects. Samantha has been a contributing writer and voice talent on the satirical podcast, the mrbrown show, since 2008.

Leslie Tan (Embarking on Your First Draft Workshop)

Tan is a writer / director with more than 15 years of experience in the film and television industry, having worked with broadcasters such as MTV, National Geographic, Disney and Mediacorp. Currently teaching scriptwriting and storytelling at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film & Media Studies, Leslie continues to daydream for fun and write for a living.