9.40 - 10.30
Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore and lives in London. She completed an MA and PhD at the University of East Anglia, where she received the UEA Booker Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing Fellowship.
She was shortlisted for the Berlin Writing Prize and holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program.
Her debut novel Ponti won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award, was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Award, longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and selected by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction of 2018.
Sharlene will cover topics such as writerly anxiety, Compare n' Despair, granting permission to play, stories we want to tell vs. stories we feel pressured into delivering, and how much attention we should really pay to craft.
"I am honoured and excited to give the keynote speech for the fifth National Creative Writing Industry Day 2019. I look forward to setting the tone for what promises to be an inspiring and invigorating day full of practical industry insights and networking opportunities." - Sharlene