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