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Spoken-word artist Nabilah Husna of the Sekaliwags.
Spoken-word artist Nabilah Husna of the Sekaliwags.PHOTO: MARC NAIR

Who: Nabilah Husna, 25, a spoken-word artist.

A member of the Sekaliwags, a four-woman spokenword troupe formed in 2013, she has performed with her groupmates - Raksha Mahtani, Victoria Lim, both 26, and Stephanie Dogfoot, 28 - at the annual Lit Up festival of literary arts and The Arts House's 10th Anniversary Open House.

She also works as a campaign coordinator for the Association of Women for Action and Research's We Can! Singapore campaign, an anti-violence initiative. On Dec 6, the Sekaliwags will host the community event Rally: We Can! Arts Fest, supported by the Singapore Art Museum. Admission is free.

What are you reading now?

I've just finished reading Jolene Tan's A Certain Exposure for the second time and it was as gripping and powerful as the first time I read it. It is one of the few books that makes me recall a lot of memories of school - how race, gender and identity shaped so much of my childhood experiences.

Another book that has had a powerful effect on me is Malay Sketches by Alfian Sa'at. It is beautifully written prose that captures the nuances of life as a Singaporean Malay that I once thought were unique to me.

What books would you save from a burning house?

All my Harry Potter books. And my Harry Potter quizbook - sorry, hipsters. After reading these books for more than a decade, I should have gotten sick of them, but I haven't. I've yet to find as much comfort in other books.

Also, if I have time, I'll grab my collection of The Umbrella Academy graphic novel series. It's not just a brilliant, fun and absurd fantasy series, but is also quite expensive.

•A Certain Exposure by Jolene Tan ($18.90, 2014, Epigram Books) is available at epigrambooks.sg. Malay Sketches by Alfian Sa'at ($23.30, 2012 , Ethos Books) is available at ethosbooks.com.sg. Harry Potter Paperback Boxset #1-7 by J.K. Rowling (S$157.18, 2009/07, Scholastic) and The Umbrella Academy 1: Apocalypse Suite ($28.64, 2008/07, Dark Horse Comics) are available at Books Kinokuniya.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 01, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - OABOOKENDS01'. Print Edition | Subscribe