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SG Author Series: Old Traditions, New Tales: Myths, Monsters, and Modernity

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Join Suffian Hakim, Natalie Wang, and Ng Yi-Sheng in a panel moderated by Dr Nazry Bahrawi on myths, frame narratives, and ghost stories.

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This Halloween, join Suffian Hakim, Natalie Wang (The Woman Who Turned Into a Vending Machine) and Ng Yi-Sheng (ed. A Mosque in the Jungle) in a panel discussion moderated by academic Dr Nazry Bahrawi as we explore frame narratives, the enduring power of mythology, and the pioneering ghost stories of Othman Wok.

About the Speakers

Suffian Hakim is a bestselling author and screenwriter described by The Straits Times as "undoubtedly one of the most whimsical, creative and unpretentious young voices in Singapore literature". He is the author of three novels — the bestselling parody Harris bin Potter and The Stoned Philosopher, the critically acclaimed supernatural comedy The Minorities and the Epigram Books Fiction Prize longlisted The Keepers of Stories. Suffian is also a screenwriter. He co-wrote the new Mediacorp series Mr. Kiasu 2.0, and is the creator and writer of the upcoming Mediacorp series Amaranthine.

Natalie Wang writes about cats, ghosts, and womanhood, and maintains that they are all the same thing. She has been published in Fairy Tale Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Corvid Queen, Trampoline Journal, The Kindling, LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, various editions of the SingPoWriMo anthology and My Lot Is A Sky, an anthology of poetry by Asian women. Her poetry collection The Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine (Math Paper Press) is a book on metamorphosis and myth. You can find her at www.nataliewang.me.  

Ng Yi-Sheng is a writer, researcher and activist with a keen interest in the forgotten histories and mythologies of Southeast Asia. His books include the short story collection Lion City and the poetry collection last boy (both winners of the Singapore Literature Prize), Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience and Black Waters, Pink Sands. He recently served as editor of A Mosque in the Jungle: Classic Ghost Stories by Othman Wok and EXHALE: an Anthology of Queer Singapore Voices. He tweets and Instagrams at @yishkabob.

About the Moderator

Nazry Bahrawi is a literary translator, critic and academic. He translates to introduce Anglophone readers to the rich tradition of Bahasa literature. Trained in comparative literature, Nazry specialise in the study of non-material cultures through literary texts and films of the Malay Archipelago as part of the Indian Ocean cultural sphere. He is an editor-at-large at Wasafiri magazine and the essay & research editor for Journal of Practice, Research and Tangential Activities (PR&TA).

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