Other writers from Japan here for the Singapore Writers Festival:
At 17, she was awarded the Bungei Prize for her first novella, Install. Two years later, she rose to prominence when her novella Keritai Senaka (A Back I Want To Kick) made her the youngest winner of Japan's prestigious Akutagawa Prize.
Catch her at: How To Write Loneliness, one of two panels she will be on. Together with Singapore poet Cyril Wong and Irish writer Sara Baume, she will examine human relations, isolation and why loneliness is a theme that crops up so frequently in literature. Where: Blue Room, The Arts House When: Saturday, 10am Admission: Festival pass event ($20 from Sistic)
The science- fiction writer self- published an e-book, Gene Mapper, in 2012. The thriller, set in 2036, in a world where the food supply is heavily genetically modified, sold more than 10,000 copies and became Amazon Japan's top Kindle title of the year. Renowned Japanese sci-fi publisher, Hayakawa Publishing, reached out to him and Gene Mapper was revised and released as a physical novel in 2013.
Catch him at: Taiyo Fujii: Imagining The Future and hear his thoughts on science fiction and what it can say about the future. Where: The Arts House, Blue Room When: Saturday, 7pm Admission: Festival pass event ($20 from Sistic)
Also catch them at: The Standing Of Japanese Fiction In The World, where Fujii and Wataya will talk about what makes their works quintessentially Japanese and how Japanese fiction is seen in the literary world. Where: The Arts House, Play Den When: Saturday, 11.30am Admission: Festival pass event ($20 from Sistic)