Saturday, November 11, 2006

Mulaika for David T.K. Wong

Just came across this little nugget of information. This year's David T.K. Wong scholarship has gone to a Malaysian writer - Mulaika Hijjas. The award, worth £25,000 is given to a writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to fund a residency at UEA. The recipients have included acclaimed Thai/American writer Rattawat Lapcharoensap. (You can read about the others here.)

According to the information on the website:
Mulaika Hijjas, our latest David T. K. Wong Fellow, has published short fiction in literary journals in the United States, Malaysia and Hong Kong. After leaving university she spent two years working full time on a collection of short stories, before doing a PhD on nineteenth-century Malay poetry by women at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but now lives on the Isle of Dogs in London. While at the University of East Anglia, she will be working on a novel set in contemporary Jakarta, about an expatriate English family and their Indonesian servants.
I read one of her stories The Durian Season which appeared in the Southeast Asian Review of Literature some time back - and it is very good.

Malaika is the first recipient of the award from Malaysia, although Tash Aw and another friend (I'm not sure if she wants her name mentioned, so I won't ... but she was one of Raman's lazy Silverfish writers) have financed their own way through the MA in Creative Writing at UEA.

Congrats Mulaika, and all the best with your novel.

Related Posts:

The Real David T.K. Wong (5/6/06)
A Toast to Mr. Wong (13/10/06)

8 comments:

Lin said...

My understanding of the David T. K. Wong Fellowship was that it doens't fund a place in the UEA Creative Writing MA, rather it allows the Fellow to spend one year doing a writing project in UEA. The Fellow is a 'member of the School of Literature and Creative Writing', and not a student. He/ She can 'take part in Creative Writing Research Seminars' but not actually participate in Creative Writing program. Like a visiting professorship of sorts.

bibliobibuli said...

thanks for the clarification, lin ... that makes more sense and i've changed the post

Kak Teh said...

sharon, yes, I heardabt it froam a friend and laterfrom Mulaika herself when we met up in Oxford a few months ago. Mulaika is very talented. I have always enjoyed her presentations at seminars. All the best to Mulaika.

bibliobibuli said...

i knew you'd know her, kak teh ... studying such similar subjects ... if you see her again give her my best wishes

i've met her a couple of times (once at that launch of SARE) and know her mum of course. was thrilled to bits to hear this news ... but how strange to stumble across it accidentally looking for something else ...

lil ms d said...

congratulations!

she can't be a lazy writer... she's been featured in journqals etc. have read her too.

you want lazy writer? me. aiyoh, sharon, i need a good smack. sigh.

bibliobibuli said...

me lazier, ms d. nevertheless will smack you up with pleasure.

dreamer idiot said...

Yeay! What good news....

Anonymous said...

A good smack, Ms D ? tempting.. :) anyway whatever.. good luck and stuf. It's good of her to write solely for the privilege of visiting these hallowed halls. Many are called, but few are chosen, I guess.