'If you’re a writer and you stop reading things that don’t relate directly to your work, for pleasure, then you’re f****d'.

Sharlene Teo is a distinguished academic and lecturer of creative writing at the University of Kent. Her first novel Ponti (2018), reflecting on the value of friendship in present day Singapore, won the inaugral Deborah Rogers Writer's Award and was selected by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction in 2018.

Her current research converges on themes such as Creative writing pedagogy, Southeast Asian historical fiction and Postcolonial Studies. She has featured in the Guardian, the Times and Vogue as well as contributing regularly to her blog on 'spreadtheword'.

'Remarkable' - Ian McEwan

'[She] deserves to win prizes' - Nikesh Shukla

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