Do inclusivity story tropes differ from other genres?
Join the speakers as they discuss inclusivity and acceptance through their works, creating literary spaces that bind the community. Feature titles include
- The House of Little Sisters by Eva Wong Nava
- Making Kin Page 217 - 232 Finding a Home for Sebastien, My Autistic Son: From Peucang Island to Bali by Choo Kah Ying
About the Speaker(s)
Crispin Rodrigues | Poet & Educator
Crispin Rodrigues is a poet, editor and educator. His most recent poetry collection is How Now Blown Crow (2021), a meditation on love, domesticity, ageing and death. He is currently working on a new poetry collection that deals with his mixed heritage.
Eva Wong Nava | Author & Autism Advocate
Eva Wong Nava was born on a tropical island where a merlion spurts water. Her ancestors braved monsoon winds sailing to British Malaya to plant roots in Southeast Asia. When the winds changed, they sailed again and found another home somewhere in the western hemisphere. She combines degrees in literature and art history and writes stories that explore identity, culture, and belonging. Eva has written an award-winning middle-grade novel and several picture books. She lives in London with her family, two scampering squirrels, and a regal fox. You can find out more about her here. (https://evawongnava.com)
Choo Kah Ying | Author, Writing Consultant & Autism Advocate
Formerly an academic research writer in Los Angeles, Kah Ying is a mother, writer/editor, educator, and an advocate. Inspired by her parenting journey of Sebastien, her now 25-year-old autistic son, she has published five books to date. Among her latest works is a chapter in Making Kin : Ecofeminist Essays from Singapore, "Finding a Home for Sebastien, My Autistic Son: From Peucang Island to Bali" . Kah Ying conducts talks and consultations on autism, special education, and parenting. As the founder of A Mother's Wish (https://www.amotherswish.com.sg/), Kah Ying seeks to share accurate insights about autism to autism families and the public, as well as providing families with practical, mental, and emotional support. She funds programmes through the sales of her books, Sebastien's original artworks and related merchandise.
This series of panel discussions tackle facets of life, from nostalgic fiction writing to urban living, from the spoken word to digital mediums, through words, images and voices. Speakers for this April include Crispin Rodrigues, Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips, Charlene Shepherdson, Daryl Qilin Yam, Eva Wong Nava, Inez Tan, Joshua Ip, Lucas Ho & Choo Kah Ying.