Bernice Chauly

Bernice Chauly is a Malaysian writer, poet, educator and director of the George Town Literary Festival. She is the author of five books of poetry and prose which include the award-winning memoir Growing Up With Ghosts (2011) and her critically-acclaimed third collection of poems, Onkalo (2013). She is an Honorary Fellow in Writing from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program (IWP 2014) and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. She is also the founder and director of the KL Writers Workshop. Her upcoming novel Once We Were There will be published by Epigram Books (Singapore-London) in June, 2017.


Gareth Richards

A former academic, Gareth Richards is a writer, editor and bookseller. He is the founder-director of Impress Creative & Editorial, a small innovative company involved in diverse areas of the arts and book production, notably consultant editing and translation. In May 2014 he set up Gerakbudaya Bookshop, Penang, the first independent bookshop in theUNESCO world heritage site of George Town. He is the co-author/editor of Asia–Europe Interregionalism: Critical Perspectives (1999), and wrote the texts for two books of photography, Portraits of Penang: Little India (2011) and Panicrama (2016). Together with Aida Redza, he is working on a book about the multimedia dance production, Moved By Padi.

Pauline Fan

Pauline Fan is a writer and literary translator from Malaysia, and presently serves as Creative Director of the cultural heritage organisation, PUSAKA. Her translations from German to Malay include works by Bertolt Brecht, Immanuel Kant, and Franz Kafka. Her Malay translation of Lessing’s Die Ringparabel was published by the Lessing-Akademie in Germany. She is currently completing Malay translations of the poetry of Paul Celan and the letters of Rainer Maria Rilke. Her work has appeared in Circumference: Poetry in Translation; Arkana literary journal, Princeton University’s Inventory, Bonn University’s Orientierungen, Axon: Creative Explorations, and the Malay-language journal, Obscura: erapat Renggang. Pauline is Co-Editor of the Malaysian bilingual literary journal, Naratif | Kisah. She is a literary columnist for Esquire Malaysia and a contributor for the New Straits imes and Malaysiakini (BM). She is the Malaysian coordinator for Lyrikline, a Berlin-based international poetry network and archive. She holds a Masters in Modern German Literature from Oxford University.