Portrait of Dr Sharlene Teo

Dr Sharlene Teo

Lecturer in Creative Writing


LLB (Hons), Warwick; MA Creative Writing, PhD Creative and Critical Writing, UEA

Sharlene Teo's novel Ponti (Picador, 2018) won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award, was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Award and Edward Stanford Fiction Award, longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and selected by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction of 2018. Her work has been translated into eleven languages and published in places such as the TLS, Lit Hub, Vogue and the Daunt Books anthology At the Pond.

She is the recipient of the 2012 UEA Booker Prize Foundation scholarship, 2013 David TK Wong Creative Writing fellowship, 2014 Sozopol Fiction fellowship and 2017 University of Iowa International Writing fellowship. 

Research interests

  • Postcolonial studies, with a particular interest in Singaporean identity and self-perception
  • Creative writing pedagogy 
  • Southeast Asian historical fiction
  • Hybrid genres 
  • Migration and diaspora 
  • The cultural and economic contingencies of the global literary marketplace 
  • Ghost stories and the Asian Gothic
  • Socio-cultural specificity and form 
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