Sunday, 29 May 2016

The Sunday Post

A rojak* of items that caught my eye this week…

Seen elsewhere

This week in Asian Review of Books
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Lion City lit notes 
Asian Books Blog is based in Singapore. Our regular column Lion City Lit explores in-depth what’s going on in the City-State, lit-wise. Lion City lit notes provide quick updates between columns. By Lucia Damacela

Asian Women’s Writing Festival 2016 and Short Story Competition: The First Asian Women Writers Festival, organised by India SE Media, will take place in Singapore on July 1 and 2, at the Mochtar Riady Auditorium, Singapore Management University. The event’s theme is ‘Parity for Women.’ This will be discussed at two panel sessions with writers from Singapore, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Philippines. An Asian Woman Writer of the Year Award carrying a monetary reward will be also conferred. Additional information is available at the Facebook page of this ticketed event. Meanwhile, the organisers have launched a short story competition, open to writers 16 years and older, irrespective of gender and nationality. Only one entry is allowed per participant. The story can be of any theme, as long as it is not offensive, explicit, discriminatory or gratuitously violent. Stories must be written in English, up to 1,500 words long, unpublished, and entirely the original work of the writer. Entries should be emailed to with the subject line ‘Short Story Writing Competition-Asian Women Writers’ Festival 2016.’ The deadline is June 6. The winning story will be published in Indian Se magazine. For detailed guidelines, visit the Facebook page.

Asian Festival of Children’s Content: Singapore hosts the annual Asian Festival of Children’s content, which this year closes today, and where  it has been announced that a new Asian Children’s Book Award worth SGD30,000 will reward translators and illustrators as well as authors. Click here for coverage in The Straits Times / Singapore. Meanwhile, Singaporean-Indian Aditi Krishnakumar won the Scholastic Asian Book Award, worth SGD10,000, for her manuscript Codex: The Lost Treasure Of The Indus. Click here for coverage in The Deccan Times / India

Twitter spot 
Each week I make a suggestion of an interesting Twitter account you may like to follow.  This week, @DinahJefferies. Dianh Jefferies is the best-selling author of #TheTeaPlantersWife and #SilkMerchant.

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