The dream of any aspiring author is to have their work published, to see their name on the cover and their work on a shelf. Often times, their work is rejected. Some persist despite rejection, some do not. However, few would think to build a whole publishing company, and even fewer succeed.
Yet, here stands Charissa Ong, an author, a designer by profession and the owner of Penwings Publications, who has crafted her own success from rejections and the lows of her life.
Contemporary folk music having emerged in the early 20th century has flourished to be incredibly rich and diverse, culminating in its many sub-genres. Despite the western roots of the typically acoustic style, folk music has spread far and wide, evidently seen in the thriving folk music scene in Southeast Asia.
In celebration of the beloved heart-capturing genre, the annual Folk Music Festival is returning for its fourth run for a three-day fiesta on the 3rd to the 5th of August.
Since the dawn of time, literature has been a hallmark of truth and communication, a constant throughout the Golden Ages and the rubble. Coming in its various languages, from Hieroglyphics to English, literature is an arena of fiction and fact.
The Annual George Town Literary Festival (GTFL), the 8th edition of the largest international literary festival in Malaysia, is a celebration of this and all writers alike. Supported and funded by the State Government of Penang, the festival is a top-down rarely seen act of appreciation and encouragement to the thriving arts scene.
“My goal was to get something published by the time I turn 21 but it only seemed like wishful thinking or a pipe dream at best.”. Yet, at the age of 20, Nur Hanisa Binti Razalee can proudly that she has turned her dream into a reality.