• Date and time: Thursday 17 June 2021, 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Location: Online
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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Event details

Hailing from Singapore, Sharlene Teo is one of the most exciting and innovative contemporary novelists to debut in recent years.

Her first novel Ponti won the Deborah Rogers Writers Award even before publication, with Ian McEwan describing the book as ‘remarkable’, praising the way ‘her characters glow with life and humour and minutely observed desperation’.

Join Sharlene as she reads from her new work and discusses her fiction with Alexandra Kingston-Reese of the University of York’s Department of English and Related Literature.


This event is hosted live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.


Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner.  In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.  

About the speakers

Sharlene Teo has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing award. She holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program. 

Dr Alexandra Kingston-Reese is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature with the University of York’s Department of English and Related Literature.


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