Trainers & Speakers

Karen Lee

Karen Lee

Karen is a storyteller and trainer with 20 years of teaching experience in the education field. She has been telling stories to people of all ages, from all walks of life, sharing with them hope, courage and a chance to understand the self and others. She has trained preschool teachers and volunteers who tell stories in their communities. She enjoys bringing to her audience the joy that can be gained from storytelling.  

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Lee Seow Ser

Lee Seow Ser

Lee Seow Ser is the author of The Rain Tree and Si Ma Guang and the Giant Jar. As project lead of To S.I.R. (Socially Inclusive Reads) with Love, she joyfully creates values-imbued picture books with stories in dyslexia-friendly font, Braille and tactile elements for children, with or without special needs, to enjoy.

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Caryl Lewis  (Wales / United Kingdom)

Caryl Lewis (Wales / United Kingdom)

Caryl Lewis (1978) is the author of eleven Welsh-language books for adults, three novels for young adults and thirteen children’s books. Three-times winner of the Wales Book of the Year, she came to prominence with her novel Martha, Jac a Sianco (2004) which, like most of her work, explores the lives of farming families in rural Wales. It was published in English translation as Martha, Jack and Shanco in 2007 by Parthian Books in translation by Gwen Davies and made into a successful feature film. Her novel Y Gemydd (2007) is being published in September this year in English as The Jeweller. Caryl Lewis has also written extensively for cinema and television, notably adapting her novel for the film version. Her TV credits include the Welsh-language scripts of the internationally acclaimed bilingual crime series Y Gwyll / Hinterland and Craith / Hidden.

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Cynthea Liu

Cynthea Liu

Cynthea Liu is an award-winning children’s book author, publisher and writing coach. Her picture book works are published Simon & Schuster, Sterling, and Disney Worldwide and her work has been translated into multiple languages. She is al so the publisher of Starts With Us, which empowers children to change the world in pursuit of their talents and interests.

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Helen Mangham

Helen Mangham

Helen Mangham joined Jacaranda Literary Agency as a partner in 2013. Originally from the UK she started her publishing career in London at Curtis Brown literary agency as assistant to two of the senior agents. She was also one of the agency’s readers, responsible for reading manuscripts languishing in the ‘slush pile’. During this time she also worked as a freelance reader for Piatkus Books. She went on  to work as a book publicist for Belinda Harley Associates where she promoted a range of high profile titles from leading UK publishing companies – including Michael Chabon’s ‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh’, Andrew Morton’s controversial biography of Princess Diana, Whitley Streiber’s ‘Communion’ and the autobiography of Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin.

Helen has lived overseas with her family for many years including stints in Budapest, Warsaw and Taipei before moving to Singapore.

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Rachel Maund

Rachel Maund

Rachel Maund has over 30 years’ experience of writing copy for publishers, and has been running training workshops on copywriting for 20 years, and on five continents. Her company, Marketability (UK) Ltd, is London-based but works with publishing clients all over the world, specialising in marketing and in training. She works across all publishing sectors, including large and small companies in STM, academic, schools, business/professional, travel, and trade. Clients include John Wiley, OUP, Cambridge University Press, Hachette, HarperCollins, SpringerNature, Taylor & Francis, SAGE Publications, World Scientific, Cengage, Pearson, Bloomsbury, and Bradt Travel Guides.

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Lynette Owen

LYNETTE OWEN is a copyright and rights consultant based in the UK.  She has worked in the field of rights at Cambridge University Press, Pitman Publishing, Marshall Cavendish and then at Longman Group (more recently Pearson Education) where she held the post of Copyright Director.  She regularly lectures about rights on publishing degree courses in the UK and also runs training courses in the UK and abroad, most recently in  Brazil, Poland, India, Malaysia and the Middle East.  She is the General Editor of, and a contributor to, Clark's Publishing Agreements: A Book of Precedents 9/e (Bloomsbury Professional, 2013) and is the author of Selling Rights 7/e (Routledge, 2014).  In 2003 she was awarded the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2009 she was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours for services to publishing and international trade.

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Paul Rozario-Falcone

Paul Rozario-Falcone

Paul Rozario-Falcone is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York and Singapore. He is a licensed facilitator for the Amherst Writers and Artists method, which builds a supportive, affirming group writing practice. He was the co-founder of the Singapore Literature Festival in New York and the Second Saturdays reading series. He has led workshops at StoryFest 2018 and Textures 2019, both at The Arts House.

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Steven Sim

Steven Sim

Steven has been an Educational Therapist with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) since 2015.  He has been trained to provide specialist intervention for children with Dyslexia. Steven also has a dual specialisation in English Exam skills to help equip students with various strategies and skillsets to perform well in National Examinations like PSLE.He holds a Specialist Diploma and a Post Graduate Certificate on Special Education Needs with the University of South Wales. He is currently pursuing a Master’s program with the same University.

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Dr Chris Mooney-Singh

Dr Chris Mooney-Singh

Dr Chris Mooney-Singh has authored several collections of verse, the last being The Bearded Chameleon (Black Pepper/Red Wheelbarrow Books) and has appeared in numerous poetry and fiction anthologies.  He co-founded The Writers Centre, Singapore, Red Wheelbarrow and the Lit Up Festival as well as the Singapore Poetry Slam™. Chris has also been a guest at international literary festivals in Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, USA, the Philippines, India, Malaysia, and Singapore. In 2015, he was awarded a PhD in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Monash University, Melbourne. In the same year, his verse novel Foreign Madam and the White Yogi received a Victorian Premiers’ Literary Award Commendation (Unpublished Manuscript category). Chris also teaches in the MA Creative Writing and short course in poetry at LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Amy Spies

Amy Spies

Amy Spies is a professional writer with credits in dramatic and comedic television, film, digital, video games, documentary as well as new and print media (see IMDB). She was part of the original development team of “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Melrose Place” and served as executive story editor, executive story consultant, and writer of many episodes of both. She wrote the movie “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, and an award-winning Electronic Arts transmedia story/game “Majestic”. She also was trained in teaching mindful self-compassion, and mindful based stress reduction and has created and developed a mindful writing curriculum which combines the practices of writing and mindfulness. She has taught Mindful Writing at USC, UCLA, and Insight LA, as well as for television writing staffs and individuals.

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Heman Tan

Heman Tan

Chef Heman Tan is a man of many talents, in addition to having more than 20 years of culinary experience; he is also a competitive triathlete and a celebrated ceramist! Currently he is the Co-Founder cum Chef owner of Iron Supper ClubHe manages his dyslexia at work with the clever use of visuals, graphics and even the handy dictionary to remember recipes. As busy as he is, Heman is never too far away from being hands on in the kitchen and putting his creativity to good use.

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Benson Teo

Benson Teo

Benson is an EduTech trainer in immersive media technologies and specialises in various content creation production workflow and software. He possesses both industry and training experiences in 360 productions, AR and VR.

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Jayapriya Vasudevan

Jayapriya Vasudevan

Jayapriya Vasudevan founded the Jacaranda Literary Agency over 20 years ago. The prestigious UK magazine, Bookseller has hailed her as “one of India’s most dynamic booksellers.”

Over the years the agency has grown exponentially and now represents an exciting and diverse list of authors from India, Singapore and across South East Asia as well as from the UK, Australia and Kenya.  Jayapriya is a preferred speaker and regular delegate at literary conferences all over Asia as well as London and Frankfurt.  She also teaches a class at Bangalore's World Famous Semi Deluxe Writing Program.
Jayapriya was the Festival Director for the Times of India Literary Festivals 2017 and 2018 held in Bangalore.

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Sheila Wee

Sheila Wee

Sheila Wee has been a professional storyteller for 15 years and has been described as a Godmother of Singapore storytelling in various aspects of education. A strong focus of her work has been in the use of storytelling in various aspects of education. She has conducted numerous workshops in this area in Singapore, in the region and beyond. 

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Darryl Whetter

Darryl Whetter

Dr. Darryl Whetter is the inaugural director of the first Creative Writing MA in Singapore and Southeast Asia (at LASALLE College of the Arts). He is the author of three books of fiction and two poetry collections. In his native Canada, his debut collection of stories was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2003 and, Origins, his first poetry collection, received a starred review in Quill & Quire. His scholarly articles on literature and Creative Writing pedagogy have been published by Routledge, the National Poetry Foundation (US), and Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, etc.

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Wong Swee Yean

Wong Swee Yean

Swee Yean, an experienced storyteller and trainer, has been telling stories in schools, libraries and museums for the past 12 years.  She has also trained teachers and emerging storytellers of all ages from 7 to 70. Before becoming a professional storyteller, she was a secondary school teacher. She likes to nurture the yearning for learning that she sees in all her students. 

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You Jin

You Jin

尤今是一位屡获殊荣的新加坡华文作家。她迄今已经 出版了190多部文学作品,其中98部已在大中华地区(中国大陆,台湾,香港)出版,中国出版界曾以 “尤今热”这个词语来形容她受欢迎的程度。她的创作包括小说、散文、小品文和游记。

You Jin is an award-winning Singaporean Chinese language writer. She is the author of over 190 literary works, 98 of which have been published in Greater China (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong), where she is so popular her fans coined the term ‘You Jin fever.’ Her literary works include short stories, novels, travelogues, and essays.

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Yolanda Yu

Yolanda Yu

Yolanda Yu Miaomiao was born in north eastern China and has been living in Singapore since 1998. She has received multiple literature awards, including Singapore Tertiary Chinese Literature Award, Golden Point Award 2017 (1st place, Chinese Short Stories), and Golden Point Award 2015 (1st Runner Up, Chinese Poetry). 

Yolanda published collection of short stories, "Neighbour's Luck" in November 2018. Her collection of poems was exhibited in multiple joint photography exhibitions with Shivaji Das, her husband. She also co-edited a documentary book on Chinese students in Singapore, published by Candid Publishing. Her fairy tale “A Giant’s Administration from INSEAD. In her professional work, she was holding director role in Mastercard and VP roles in Lazada / Alibaba. She is currently working as a freelance consultant on projects in market-entry strategy, coaching, and delivers workshop on Financial Technology and eCommerce.three wishes” has been featured in Singapore Writers’ Festival 2015. Her poems, travel log and short stories are collected in anthologies “From Walden to Woodlands”, "Call and Response", magazine & newspapers such as LianHeZaoBao and Bukit Timah Literature magazine in Singapore, New York Times Travel Magazine, Zuopin Magazine and Guangxi Literature Magazine in China.

Yolanda holds a Bachelor degree from National University of Singapore and Master of Business

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Li Yuyao

Li Yuyao

李玉瑶,上海译文出版社《外国文艺》(Foreign Literature and Art)执行主编,上海翻译家协会理事。编辑出版过菲利普・罗斯(Philip Roth)、理查德・耶茨(Richard Yates)等作家的作品,译作有《传家之物》(Family Furnishings,by Alice Munro)《快乐影子之舞》(Dance of the Happy Shades,by Alice Munro)《岛上书店》(The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry,by Gabrielle Zevin)《房间》(Room,by Emma Donoghue)《玛格丽特小镇》(Margarettown,by Gabrielle Zevin)《与狼共舞》(Dances with Wolves,by Michael Blake)《激情》(The Passion,by Jeanette Winterson)等二十余部。

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