Readings October 2021 - Who is reading?

I will be presenting the October 2021 episode of Readings - Malaysia's longest running monthly literary event.

The readers are: Wan Phing Lim, Kopi Soh, Elizabeth Smith Alexander, Tash Aw, and Sarah Sharum.

Wan Phing Lim was born in Butterworth, Penang and lives in Kuala Lumpur. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. ‘Two Figures in a Car’ is her first short story collection and is published by Penguin SEA.

Kopi Soh is the pseudonym of a US based Malaysian Author and Illustrator.
Her first book, Oh, I Thought I Was The Only One, published in 2012, is a self-help book aimed at creating awareness of common psychological issues. In 2013, she published her second book, Oh... I Thought I Was the Only One 2, which focuses on how children experience various stresses in their daily lives, and teaching them skills to overcome them. Her latest book Looking After the Ashes is published by Penguin SEA, which also features a cover and artwork by PJ-based illustrator KULit.

Elizabeth Smith Alexander was born Scotland in 1954, although her family moved to England a few years later. She combined several decades as a freelance journalist writing for UK magazines and newspapers, with a brief stint as a presenter/reporter for various radio stations and television channels, including the BBC. She has written and co-authored 17 internationally published, award-winning non-fiction books that have been translated into more than 20 languages. In 2017, Liz relocated to Malaysia. She lives in Tanjung Bungah in Penang. Her novel Lies That Bind is published by Penguin SEA.

Born in Taiwan to Malaysian parents, novelist and essayist Tash Aw grew up in Malaysia, though has lived most of his adult life overseas. He is the author of four novels including The Harmony Silk Factory, which was longlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize. His essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian and elsewhere. Here he is reading from his latest non-fiction book, Strangers on a Pier: A Portrait of a Family.

Sarah Shahrum is best known for her involvement in theatrical productions. Her most recent role was as Mary Queen of Scots in “Shadow in the sun” by Kate O’Mara. A podcast play titled “The trials of Doris van der Stratten” is Sarah’s first creative writing attempt. Written in collaboration with Andrew Barber, it will be aired by the end of the year.

The video will be viewable on YouTube from Saturday 30th October at 15.30

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