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The Epigram Books Fiction Prize (EBFP) Forum will be making its return, and you are all invited to attend.
It will be held at lyf@SMU (the old MPH building along Stamford Road) on 12 July, 7pm onwards. Admission is free with registration.

As with the previous forums, the 2018 edition will feature the winner and three finalists of the last EBFP discussing a topic. This time around, the speakers are Sebastian Sim (winner), Akshita Nanda, Andre Yeo and Judith Huang (finalists) and they will try to find the answer to the topic: "Whatever Happened to Happy Endings? The Novel in Contemporary Singapore".

Moderating the forum is Angelia Poon, Associate Professor of English Literature at the English Language and Literature department at the National Institute of Education.


In the meantime, here's what you need to know about the speakers.

SEBASTIAN SIM. Sebastian grew up in a two-room HDB flat with parents who were part of the pioneer generation of independent Singapore. Not one to shy away from the road less taken, he has travelled around the world to soak up different experiences and cultures, and tried his hand in very diverse jobs: Sebastian was a bartender, a fast food assistant outlet manager, an insurance salesman, a prison officer, and a casino croupier.

These experiences have found their way into his English-language novels, Let’s Give It Up for Gimme Lao!, which was shortlisted for the 2015 EBFP; and The Riot Act, which won the 2017 EBFP.


AKSHITA NANDA. Akshita was born in Pune, India, but moved to Singapore in 1995. She studied molecular biology at the National University of Singapore and worked in genetic engineering before becoming an editor in 2002. She joined The Straits Times in 2007, where she currently writes about the arts. Akshita first started writing Nimita’s Place at the tail end of 2014. Spurred on by her boss, she took no pay leave to complete the manuscript in 2015. Nimita‘s Place is her first novel.



ANDRE YEO. Andre has been a journalist for 21 years and is currently a deputy news editor at The New Paper. In 2014, he self-published his first book, Home: 50 50-word Stories to Celebrate Singapore’s 50th Birthday. His debut novel, 9th of August, is a thriller in which terrorists have slipped into Singapore and are intent on making a statement during the celebrations for the country's birthday. Only one man, ISD inspector Rahim, can stop them – but can he do it in time?


JUDITH HUANG. Judith is a three-time winner of the UK Poetry Society’s Foyle Young Poet of the Year award. She holds an AB from Harvard University and her works have been featured in various publications, including Prairie Schooner, Asia Literary Review, QLRS, LONTAR: The Journal of  Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, Stylus and Asymptote. Sofia and the Utopia Machine is Judith's first novel and tells the story of a teenaged girl who finds a gateway to a new perfect world. However, she finds out that her new utopia isn't all that it's cracked up to be.


THE MODERATOR: Angelia Poon. Angelia is an Associate Professor of English Literature at the English Language and Literature department at the National Institute of Education (NIE). She was a Cambridge Scholar and received her PhD in English Literature from Brandeis University in the US. In 2017, she co-edited two books – Singapore Literature and Culture: Current Directions in Local and Global Contexts, published in 2017; and Writing Singapore: An Historical Anthology of Singapore Literature in English (2009).

Her research interests currently include post-colonial theory and contemporary Anglophone literature, with a focus on issues pertaining to globalisation, and gender, class, and racial subjectivities.  


DETAILS: 12 July, 7pm, lyf@SMU. Free with registration.


July 06, 2018 by Accounts Team EB