National Reading Movement

Overseas Authors at Read! Fest 2018

Meet our four guest authors from Britain, China, India and Malaysia Robert Twigger, Cai Jun, Indra Soundarrajan, Zurinah Hassan at Read! Fest!

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Robert Twigger is a leading travel writer and inspirational author. He has written twelve books ranging in subject from spending a year training with the Tokyo Riot Police in Aikido to a biography of the River Nile — both of which were bestsellers. He has won the prestigious Somerset Maugham award, the William Hill sports book of the year award and the Newdigate Prize from Oxford University where he studied. He has lectured at the Royal College of Art, Oxford Brookes and Oxford University and to companies including Proctor and Gamble, Oracle computing, MEC , and many others. He wrote and presented the National Geographic film Big Snake and was one of 40 travellers in the world to appear in the Thames and Hudson book The Modern Explorers. His most recent book, Micromastery has featured on BBC Radio 4 several times and is available in English, German, Italian, Korean and Chinese.

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Cai Jun is the most promising suspense novelist in China and chief editor of the mystery magazine “Mystery World”. He is a member of Chinese Writers’ Association, director of Shanghai Writers’ Association, vice president of Shanghai Internet Writers’ Association, director of Shanghai Youth Federation of Literary Art Association, director of Shanghai Friendship Association of young intellectuals.

He has published more than thirty novels and five short-stories collections including The latest serial, published in Weibo, Stories of the Longest Night, has been on top of the hot topic for more than a year in Weibo, reaching 270 million clicks. By 2017, with total sales of his works exceeding 14 million, he has been maintaining the record of the best-seller suspense novel in China for over fifteen years. Cai Jun is renowned for his boundless imagination, fascinating suspense, and rigorous logic. His works has not only won over tens of millions of readers in Chinese-speaking regions around the world but also been translated into English, Russian, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and other languages. A number of his works have been adapted into film, TV dramas and plays.

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Indra Soundarrajan is the pen name of P. Soundarrajan. He is a well-known tamil author of short stories, novels, movies, television serials, and screenplays. He writes mysteries and thrillers. He has readers all over the world. He has written 700 short stories, 340 monthly novels and 105 serials for magazines. to date, he has written a total of 201 books. Most of his novels are available in e-books too. His stories are often inspired by true stories reported from various locales around the state of Tamil Nadu. Some of his novels were translated into English. Many of his novels have won “Best Novel” awards in many platforms. He has also received various “Best Writer” awards. His novel “Ruthra Veenai” broke record as a bestseller. No other TV serials has beaten the record made by his ‘Marma Desam” TV serial.

In total his stories made around 3500 TV episodes to date. Two or three of his novels are published every month in publications such as Crime Story and Today Crime News. He was born on November 13, 1958 (age 59), in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India. He lives in Madurai. He is something of an expert on South Indian Hindu traditions and mythological lore. He is also a great speaker and have spoken on stages more than 500 times. He has spoken in USA and Sri Lanka.

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Dr. Zurinah Hassan is National Literary Laureate of Malaysia. she is the 13th writer and the first female writer to be conferred the title of Sasterawan Negara. she had published poems, short stories and novels, some of which were translated into French, Spanish, and Russian. She became the first Malaysian Sunthorn Phu Poet Laureate when she won the ASEAN Poetry Award in 2013.

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(Updated 28 May 2018)