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JosÉ luís peixoto

José Luís Peixoto is one of Portugal's most acclaimed and best-selling contemporary novelists. With a vast work in fiction and poetry, he has received numerous Portuguese and international literary awards, including the Jose Saramago Literary award. His novels are translated in 26 languages.

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liz jensen

Liz Jensen is the best-selling author of 8 novels including the eco-thrillers, The Rapture and The Uninvited, and the Hollywood-adapted The Ninth Life of Luis Drax. Her work has been short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Award, nominated three times for the Women's Fiction prize, adapted for theatre and radio, and translated into 20 languages.

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carsten jensen

Guest Speaker

Carsten Jensen is a multi-awarded Danish novelist, essayist, and critic. He is the author of the international bestseller We, the Drowned, which has sold more than half a million copies in 20 languages. His critically-acclaimed novels include

 Earth in the Mouth and The First Stone, now available in English. He received Denmark’s coveted Golden Laurel for his travelogue, I Have Seen the World Begin. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Olof Palme Prize for outstanding achievement.

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claire betita de guzman

Founder and Guest Speaker

Claire Betita de Guzman is a Filipina writer based in Singapore and author of novels Miss Makeover, Budget is the New Black, Girl Meets World, and No Boyfriend Since Birth, which was adapted into a TV series in the Philippines. She was a former editor at Cosmopolitan Philippines and Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines and has taken writing courses at the University of Oxford in the UK.