News Details | 11-Dec-2012

NTU hosts award-winning novelist Tash Aw as international writer-in-residence

Acclaimed novelist Tash Aw will be the National Arts Council/Nanyang Technological University (NTU) international writer-in-residence at NTU starting on 10 January 2013.

Mr Aw is the author of three novels, which have been translated into 23 languages. The multi-award-winning Malaysian writer is one of Southeast Asia's most respected literary figures.

Published in 2005, Mr Aw's first novel, The Harmony Silk Factory, was long-listed for the renowned Man Booker Prize (2005) and won the prestigious 2005 Whitbread Book Awards First Novel Award as well as the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel (Asia Pacific region). The novel was also long-listed for the prestigious International Impac Dublin Award (2007) and the Guardian First Book Prize. His second novel, Map of the Invisible World, was published in May 2009, also to critical acclaim. A third novel, Five Star Billionaire, is scheduled to be published in March 2013.

As a literary reviewer, Mr Aw's work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times.

Associate Professor Neil Murphy, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) at NTU's College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Head of the Division of English, which hosts the residency, is excited about the appointment. He said, “Tash is a major international writer, and one of the region’s most highly-regarded and gifted novelists. His presence on campus, and in our classes, will be a powerful, inspiring force for our students next year. During his residency Tash will teach and act as mentor to our students and will contribute to the continuing development of the vibrant creative writing programme at NTU, a programme that is swiftly developing a major international profile.”

Jean Tay is new national writer-in-residence

Joining Mr Tash Aw at NTU from January is accomplished playwright Ms Jean Tay, who will join the University as the national writer-in-residence. The prolific playwright has had over 10 productions staged in Singapore, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. For her outstanding works of fiction, Ms Tay has won several literary prizes, including the Weston Prize for Fiction from Brown University and the NAC’s Golden Point Short Story competition prizes in 1995 and 2001.

Intent on strengthening the creative arts and humanities, NTU and the National Arts Council established the Singapore Writing Residencies last year at the University, where local and international literary luminaries will write and teach. Now in its second year, the programme is the first of its kind in Singapore that allows distinguished authors to devote themselves to a major written work, while also contributing to the development of a generation of young writers. Writers may specialise in any literary genre including poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative non-fiction, or multimedia writing.

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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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