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Singapore Literature Prize 2020 writers reflect on the influence of social media in their writing and personal lives.

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In this panel discussion, Singapore Literature Prize 2020 writers Marylyn Tan, Samsudin Said, Yousuf Rowther Rajid and Yuan Fei will reflect on the all-encompassing influence of social media and its role in their writing careers and personal lives. This session will be in English and moderated by Oniatta Effendi.

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Marylyn Tan is a linguistics graduate, poet, and artist interested in conditions of alienation and marginalisation. She has performed at the Singapore Biennale, the Singapore Writers Festival, SPEAK., and has been featured in various print anthologies, such as Rollercoasters and Bedsheets, A Luxury We Must Afford and Inheritance | The Anthology. Gaze Back is her first published book which won the Singapore Literature Prize 2020 English Poetry award.

Samsudin Said is an advisor for Perkumpulan Seni, a registered cultural organisation in Singapore, and the Vice President of Malay literary association ASAS’50. He has won the Literary Award for his radio drama script, Best TV Serial Drama and The Most Popular Programme in PESTA PERDANA, and the SURIA TV Award, along with four Golden Point Awards. His book, Sepatu Mimpi, has also won the Singapore Literature Prize 2020 Malay Poetry award.

A multiculturalist, writer, poet, and educator, Yousuf Rowther Rajid started his career as a professor of Physics in Tamil Nadu, India, before working in Singapore. His first poetry collection was released in 2007, and he has since written three short story collections, four poetry collections, and one novel. His book, Carriage will also board the Barge a day, has won the Singapore Literature 2020 Merit Award in the Tamil Fiction category and the Readers’ Favourite Tamil Book.

Born in northeastern China, Yuan Fei (Yolanda Yu) has lived in Singapore since 1998. She has received literary awards including the Singapore Tertiary Chinese Literature Award and the Golden Point Award. Her collection of short stories Neighbour’s Luck was selected as Lianhe Zaobao Book of the Year in 2018 and also shortlisted in the Chinese Fiction category for Singapore Literature Prize 2020. Her work has also been published in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers including The New York Times, Travel Magazine, Guangxi Literature, and Zuo Pin Magazine.

Oniatta Effendi is an educator turned ethno-fashion entrepreneur who finds pleasure in sourcing for traditional textiles. Dedicated to revive batik by reinventing the way it is worn and appreciated, she started her own boutique in 2019, Galeri Tokokita, that houses her clothing line, Baju by Oniatta.

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About Read! Fest 2021

Read! Fest 2021 invites you on a forward-looking journey of self-discovery. With the theme of Reboot, take a moment to re-examine and refresh your lenses on day-to-day aspects that shape our lives.

Anchored by 12 key books and topics, Read! Fest will host over 60 programmes – from talks by world-renowned authors to workshops and experiences – each curated to immerse you in a world of thoughtful ideas for our time.

From myths and minimalism to work and womanhood, stretch out to explore new worlds and perspectives. Where will you find yourself?

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