Head2Head | Exploring Autism Through Literature

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Do inclusivity story tropes differ from other genres? Authors will cover the research and writing process in driving disability allyship.

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Join the speakers for a dialogue about inclusivity and acceptance through their works, creating literary spaces that bind the community.

Writers will read and discuss abstracts from their works.

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Crispin Rodrigues | Poet & Educator

Crispin Rodrigues is a poet, editor and educator. His most recent poetry collection is How Now Blown Crow (2021), a meditation on love, domesticity, ageing and death. He is currently working on a new poetry collection that deals with his mixed heritage.

Eva Wong Nava | Author & Autism Advocate

Eva Wong Nava was born on a tropical island where a merlion spurts water. Her ancestors braved monsoon winds sailing to British Malaya to plant roots in Southeast Asia. When the winds changed, they sailed again and found another home somewhere in the western hemisphere. She combines degrees in literature and art history and writes stories that explore identity, culture, and belonging. Eva has written an award-winning middle-grade novel and several picture books. She lives in London with her family, two scampering squirrels, and a regal fox. You can find out more about her here. (

Dr Sa'eda Buang | Author & Educator

Dr Sa’eda Buang is a Senior Lecturer in the Asian Languages and Cultures academic group, National Institute of Education (NIE) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Her research interests are in the areas of comparative literature, cultural studies, curriculum development and reformation, critical literacy, Muslim education, alternative assessments, and Jawi manuscripts.

Dr Sa’eda writes poetry, short stories, and academic papers on literature. She won the much-coveted Literary Prize (poetry) for “Pustakaku Dalam Remang Senja” (My Reading Room in the Twilight) awarded by the Singapore Malay Language Council in 2003; the Literary Prize (short story) for “Ke Puncak Pun Tidak” (To Summit No More); and the Literary Prize (commendation, poetry) for “Malang, Senda dan Citra” (Misfortune, Hope and Comedy), both in 2005. Her award-winning poem, “Pustakaku Dalam Remang Senja” was translated into Mandarin and was featured in Singapore’s Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao in 2003.

About Head2Head

This series of panel discussions feature tackle facets of Singapore life, from nostalgic fiction writing to urban living, from the spoken word to digital mediums, through words, images and voices. Speakers for this season include Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips, Charlene Shepherdson, Daryl Qilin Yam, Eva Nava Wong, Inez Tan, Joshua Ip, Lucas Ho & Dr. Sa’eda Buang.

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