With more than 5 million copies of his books sold, Garth is an acclaimed and best-selling fantasy novelist for young adult readers. In particular, he is known for his Abhorsen trilogy, The Seventh Tower series, and The Keys to the Kingdom series. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and a part-time soldier. Garth's next book will be the science-fiction adventure A Confusion of Princes, to be published in April 2012.
Arguably one of Australia's leading authors for young people, James is a popular visitor to schools and festivals throughout the country and internationally, where he conducts author talks and creative writing workshops. His works, including novels, short story collections and chapter books, span from his first novel Almost Wednesday (1996) to the award-winning Town (2007). James lives in the Blue Mounntains near Sydney with his wife and two daughters.
Jack started writing his first novel, The Lab, at age 13, and earned a publishing contract for it at 18. His second book, Remote Control, was shortlisted for sci-fi book of the year at the 2007 Aurealis Awards. When he is not reading or writing, Jack is performing street magic, composing film music, teaching or lecturing at schools and festivals, or playing a variety of instruments including the piano and the bass guitar. Now 25, his books are popular in eight countries. His latest novel is Hit List.
Kirsty has travelled the world sharing her passion for youth literature, as evidenced by her acclaimed novels such as India Dark, Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish, and The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong, part of her well-known Children of the Wind series. She has been a Literature Resident a the University of Madras and a Creative Fellow of the State Library of Victoria. WIth her dynamic persentations, Kristy aims to send young people a way from itching to read more widely and believe that they too can share their stories with the world.
Hailing from a small village in Western Australia, Jon was 12 when his parents sent him to a boarding school in Perth. He wasn't a very good student but knew he loved to write. All his crazy life, he kept notes and read books other people wrote. When he was old enough, he wrote his own books. He wrote two with Ken Spillman (Magpie Mischief and Magwhell Madness) and then a book about his years in the boarding school (Boy on a Wire). Along the way he ate plenty of fruit, vegetables and chocolate.
An Israeli author, journalist and a web content manager, Elad was editor and writer for a number of significant Israeli newspapers for 9 years. His book Like You, Like Me, a bilingual children's poem in Hebrew and Chinese, has gained success in Israel and China, and was adapted into a musical. His latest book, a collection of children poems, will be published in 2012.
Travel writer, blogger and editor. Yu-Mei has worked extensively on history, art and cultural projects for museums and libraries for Singapore. She has covered Vietnam And Korea for Lonely Planet and co-authored the award-winning history book Singapore: A Biography. The former managing editor for the Sinema website, she is the co-editor for a forthcoming volume of academic essays on women, gender and sexuality in Singapore and Malaysia, and is also working on her first novel.
A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Wena is also an author of four books. She is a two-time nominee for Ireland's Frank O'Conner Award and the Singapore Literature Prize, and has had her works produced on stage and radio. Her novel Alex y Robert was turned into a ten-episode radio series by the BBC, while her play The Wood Orchid was staged in Westminster Abbey by Bush Theatre. She won the UK's Willesden Herald Short Story Priza 2009-2010 with The Architects.
Josephine's big break came in England in 1992, when her short story Tropical Fever received the Ian St. James Award and was published by HarperCollins (UK) in an anthology. A paranakan writer who divides her time between Singapore and England, she has since been published both in the United Kingdom and Singapore, with seven books to her name. The second edition of her book on bygone Singapore, Frog under a Coconut Shell, was released in the UK April 2011.
One half of the spoken word and music duo, The Mango Dollies, Pooja is also a teacher and poet. Her first collection of poetry, Stiletto Scars, was launched at the Singapore Writers Festival 2007. She has performed and conducted workshops in several educational institutes both locally and abroad. She has participated in poetry projects such as Speechless (with the British Council) and engaged in a month-long tour of the UK to explore issues surrounding freedom of speech.
John was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971. He is the author of seven novels for adults and two for children, including the international bestsellers The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was made into a feature film two years later, and The House of Special Purpose. His novels have won many literary awards and are published in over 40 languages. John's latest book for younger readers is Noah Barleywater Runs Away.
Singapore Writers Festival
Shamini Flint lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. She began her career in law in Malaysia and also worked at an international law firm in Singapore. She travelled 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! Shamini has sold over 500,000 books since she began writing six years ago.
Neil has written columns for Singapore newspapers like Today, The Straights Times and The New Paper, as well as other Singapore and other overseas publications. One of the most successful Singapore-based authors of the past decade, he has sold 130,000 books so far. His works include Notes from a Great Island (2006), Be my baby (2008) and Premier Leech (2011). He is currently working on a new Singapore title.
A Singapore Press Holdings scholar, Eliza was a journalist and sub-editor at The Straits Times. Inspired by her daughters' antics, she created the Ellie Bellie series to capture hilarious moments shared with them. Aside from entertaining young readers and nurturing a love for animals, she also hopes to encourage the learning of good English in a fun way. Her second book, Ellie Belly: Cat's Out of the Bag, was released in November 2011.
Grace Chia Krakovic
Under her maiden name, Grace Chia has produced works including womango, a 1998 collection of poetry, and a children's book on Mongolia. Her poetry and short stories have been featured in publications such as Singapore Literature in English: An Anthology, The Sraits Times, SilverKris, and Di-Verse-City (USA). Grace is the current Writer-In-Residence at Nanyang Technological University and is working on a novel and an upcoming poetry collection.
French poet and musician Yekta was born in 1979 in Paris. In 2006, he published his first poem in Pyro, a magazine of contemporary art and literature. Between 2006 and 2011, he published around sixty poems in a number of poetry journals, and his book, veilleur sans visage, was released in 2009. Since he began writing, he has also worked with several noted musicians (guitarists, cellists, and rock bands) and video-makers, in an attempt to create a powerful combination of sounds and images.
A prolific playwright and author, Ovidia has numerous television scripts, prize-winning short stories, novels and over 30 plays to her credit. Among the latter, The Woman in a Tree on the Hill was the only Singapore play to win an Edinburgh Fringe First award, while Hitting (On) Women won Best Original Script at the Life! Theatre Awards. A Fulbright Scholar, Ovidia has garned the Young Artist Award (for Drama and Fiction) and is currently writing a mystery novel set in 1920s Singapore.
A renowned dramatist who has spent 25 years acting, directing and writing for Singaporean English-language theatre. Verena is also a storyteller-cum-storytelling coach - she is co-founder of MoonShadow Stories - and author. Her works include three collections of plays, and her writing has appeared in anthologies such as A Rainbow Feast: New Asian Short Stories. She is now working on her debut novel and a volume of short stories.
Gwee Li Sui
Li Sui is a poet, graphic artist and literary critic. He wrote Singapore's first full-length graphic novel Myth of the Stone (1993), and published a volume of humorous verse, Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998). A familiar name in Singapore's literary scene, he has written essays on a range of cultural subjects. He has edited Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature II (2009), Telltale: 11 Stories (2010) and Man/Born/Free: Writings on the Human Spirit from Singapore (2011).
Pooja has taught writing and children's literature, as well as conducted writing workshops and presentations, in the United States, at colleges and universities, libraries and other educational institutions. She was the editor of Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America, an anthology of essays, and the author of Mama's Saris, a picture book. She holds a B.S. from John Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She also blogs about arts and culture in Singapore.
Sheila co-founded Singapore's first storytelling circle and its first professional storytelling company, and has performed and conducted numerous workshops and courses in Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and the UK. A former freelance writer, who recently contributed to the anthology A River of Stories: Tales and Poems from Across the Commonwealth, she is currently working on an anthology of stories and a storytelling handbook for the Hong Kong Bureau of Education.
From the age of 14, Joshua led a life on the edge. He was involved in criminal activities such as robberies, dealing narcotics, collecting protection money, operating underground casinos, managing illegal loans and even running prostitution rings. He used to run with the infamous 369 secret society, but walked away from it all at 21. Joshua now works with troubled teenagers in various schools. His book The Right Mistakes: My Life as a Singaporean Gangster helps wayward youth recognise failure and understand the consequences of their actions.
UWCSEA East Libraries
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Where do you work in the school?
I sit at the information desk on the first level of the Kishore Mahbubani Library
What are you reading right now?
The Interrogative Mood: a Novel? -- by Padgett Powell