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Bernice is a Malaysian writer, poet and educator. She is the author of five books of poetry and prose, including: going there and coming back (1997); The Book of Sins (2008); Lost in KL (2008); the acclaimed literary memoir, Growing Up With Ghosts (2011), which won the Reader’s Choice Awards 2012 in the Non-Fiction Category; and her third collection of poems, Onkalo (2013). For 20 years she worked as a multi-disciplinary artist and is recognized as one of the most significant voices of her generation. She is Festival Director for the George Town Literary Festival and an Honorary Fellow in Writing from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.