David T. K. Wong Fellowship 2013-14 awarded to Singaporean writer


The 2013/14 David T. K. Wong Fellowship has been awarded to Sharlene Teo, the fellowship organisers have announced.

Sharlene TeoSharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987 and read Law at Warwick University and then moved to the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K.

Sharlene is the recipient of the 2012/13 Booker Foundation Scholarship and was youngest winner of the 2005 SPH-NAC Golden Point Award. Her writing has appeared in places such as Esquire, Broadcast: New Warwick Writing, New Writing Net, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Eunoia Review.

She is currently working on a novel about a Pontianak, a mythical female cannibalistic entity, who awakens from hibernation and finds herself amidst the surreal, surgical-masked climate of the bird flu pandemic and Sumatran forest fire haze.

Sharlene is the second Singaporean to receive this fellowship.  Singaporean Balli Jaswal, the author of a novel The Inheritance, was awarded the same fellowship in 2007-08.

The David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship is a unique and generous annual award of £26,000 to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year in the UK, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

The Fellowship is named for its sponsor Mr David Wong, a retired Hong Kong businessman, who has also been a teacher, journalist and senior civil servant, and is a writer of fiction. The Fellowship was launched in 1997 and the first Fellow appointed from 1st October 1998.

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