Writer in Residence Programme 2012
Bernice Chauly as WIR in Amsterdam
1 December 2011 - 31 January 2012
The Dutch Foundation for Literature invited Bernice Chauly for the yearly Award ceremony of the Prince Claus Fund. She will also be present at the Writers Unlimited Festival in The Hague in January 2012 to discuss her memoir and Asian literature.
Bernice Chauly is a Malaysian writer, photographer, actor and filmmaker who has worked in the arts for over 20 years. Of Chinese and Punjabi descent, her works are driven by a desire to tell stories.
She has worked in marginalized communities from sex workers and refugees to indigenous peoples, in mediums that incorporate film, photography and prose. She has published two collections of poetry, Going there and coming back (1997), The Book of Sins (2008), a collection of short stories, Lost in KL (2008) and a critically-acclaimed memoir Growing Up With Ghosts (2011), an exploration of personal and political history and bloodlines.
Her work has been exhibited, screened and published locally and internationally. Furthermore, she is also the founder of Readings, a live literary platform in Kuala Lumpur, now in its eighth year. She recently curated the inaugural George Town Literary Festival in Penang, the first state-funded literary festival in Malaysia.