Meet the World: Crossing Boundaries
What does it mean to be an ‘outsider writer’? The correlation between access and privilege in our societies means that certain narratives get more airtime than others and that whole segments of society—migrant communities, minority groups, working class writers, for example—have to cross boundaries to express and share their experiences.
In this event, three writers from different backgrounds and segments of their society – Liyana Dhamirah from Singapore, Rolinda Onates Española from the Philippines and Eva Verde from the UK – will share their experiences, their work and approaches to storytelling, and their journeys towards and with writing as a form of expression and engagement.
The event will be chaired by Singaporean author Nuraliah Norasid.
This event will take place on YouTube. Register in advance to receive a streaming link.
This event was curated with Nuraliah Norasid as part of her virtual residency with NCW, generously supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore.
About the speakers
Liyana Dhamirah is the author of Homeless: The Untold Story of a Mother’s Struggle in Crazy Rich Singapore, in which she writes about the experience of homelessness and the gap in social welfare and care in Singapore. Liyana is a contributor to the anthologies, Singapore Birthday Book: 20/20 Seeing Clearly and White: Behind Mental Health Stigma. Liyana is the recipient of the ‘Woman of Resilience’ award from AWARE. Work and life as a mother of four keeps her busy, but in between it all, Liyana actively advocates for lower-income and underprivileged families.
Rolinda Onates Española is the author of No Cinderella? Poems of a Filipina Domestic Worker in Singapore 2016-2018. She co-founded Migrant Writers of Singapore, facilitated the monthly Carnival of Poetry, worked for the Singapore Migrant Workers Poetry Competition, was one of the ‘books’ in the Human Library Singapore and is a contributor to Singapore at Home. Rolinda has won a number of poetry and storytelling competitions and appeared at the Singapore Writers Festival and Poetry Festival Singapore. Currently she enjoys life with her family and working as a survey specialist representative in one of the prestigious call centres in Bacolod City.
Eva Verde is a writer from Forest Gate, East London. She is of dual heritage. Identity and class are recurring themes throughout her work as she studies towards an MA in Prose Fiction. Her love song to libraries, I Am Not Your Tituba forms part of Kit De Waal’s Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers with Unbound, and her work has featured in Marie Claire, Grazia and Elle. Eva’s debut novel Lives Like Mine, is published by Simon and Schuster. Eva lives in Essex with her husband, children and dog.
Nuraliah Norasid is a writer, researcher and educator with a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Her debut novel, The Gatekeeper, won the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016 and the Best Fiction Title for the Singapore Book Awards in 2018. Her writing has been published in a variety of publications including, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS), Karyawan Magazine, Perempuan: Muslim Women in Singapore Speak Out, and Mynah Magazine.
Meet the World
Our Meet the World series aims to celebrate our ongoing connections with international writers and translators by sharing their writing and ideas with new readers.