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Writers Weekend

The Language of Orchids

With Mok Zining & Sharmila Wood

The Language of Orchids Fri 23 Feb Centre for Stories $24
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Fri 23 Feb at Centre for Stories, from $24

Presented in association with Writing WA

What can the story of orchids in Singapore tell us about culture, hybridity, change and even the future?
Join Mok Zining (The Orchid Folios) for a poetry reading of her work and a conversation with Sharmila Wood (The Language of Orchids) exploring the history, ecology and personal/cultural relation between plants and people in Singapore. 

Mok Zining

Mok Zining is obsessed with random things: orchids, arabesques, sand. The Orchid Folios (Ethos Books, 2020) is her first book. Her work has appeared in Witness MagazineThe Rumpus and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Zining is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Minnesota, where she taught creative writing. She has received a number of awards, including the College of Liberal Arts Fellowship from the University of Minnesota, the Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature, and an honorable mention from the Academy of American Poets’ James Wright Prize. Zining lives in Singapore, where she is working on a book about sand. She spends most of her free time dancing.


Sharmila Wood

Sharmila is an independent curator who works at the intersection of social change, history and ecology in design and art. She adopts a multidisciplinary approach to curating that weaves together writing, research, design and communications. Her latest project, Actions for the Earth: Art, Care and Ecology is an exhibition being produced by Independent Curator’s International and will open at the Block Museum, Chicago in January 2024. Sharmila is director at Taru, a purpose-driven multidisciplinary creative studio and consultancy. As an Australian of mixed ancestry she is interested in hybridity and globalising encounters that engage with heritage, spirituality, tradition and diverse knowledge systems. She has a Bachelor of Arts (History and English) and Masters of Art History and Curatorship.

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Fri 23 Feb

6pm Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen St, Northbridge



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