I did promise I’d re-post this after some updates/confirmation of details were made.
A few months back, I was invited to present a talk at an IIUM symposium for Malaysian Folktales in the 21st Century. That will be happening on the 18th of August 2021, at 10:30am-11:30am Malaysian time. It’s a one hour talk so I’ll be sharing a lot about my process of adapting and revisioning several strands of Malay folklore (both oral and printed) in my Bunian Empire short stories, and connecting it to what I learned in the Advanced Research Methods Adapation Studies course I took during my PhD candidature back in 2010. Professor Julie Sanders herself (who wrote that book on Adaptation and Appropriation) was a co-convener of the course and gave me some consultation time while I was working on my Tanith Lee and Helen Oyeyemi article which is now published at Marvels & Tales (although I removed the adaptation studies aspect from the article, given I’ve moved into a more poetics-based approach for my fairytale scholarship). It’s going to be a bit of a challenge balancing my work as critical theorist/lit academic with my practice-based work as a creative writer/creative writing educator in this presentation but I’m really keen on doing this from an intellectual/pedagogical perspective. So, if you want to hear me speak about my Bunian Empire short stories which have been published in (among others) Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, and the British Fantasy Award-Winning People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction, feel free to scan the QR code.