Meet the creatives


CAROLYN OEI

Throughout her vibrant international career spanning nearly two decades, Carolyn has served as an IT and business features journalist, news editor for a state media agency in Beijing, a news presenter and social commentator on Singapore radio and a public relations consultant in Singapore, London and Beijing. She trained and practiced as a lawyer before making the career progression that enabled her to marry her creative inclinations and analytical skills.

These days, she organises festivals, curates events and writes/edits non-fiction and academic titles. She is also an Associate Lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (School of Interdisciplinary Studies), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (School of Arts Management) and LASALLE College of the Arts (School of Creative Industries). As Festival Manager of Neon Lights 2016, a multi-stage music and arts festival held at Fort Canning Park on 26 and 27 November 2016, she was responsible for every operational aspect of the festival including licensing and permits, volunteer management, the internship programme and government relations.

“I am a volunteer and member of the Riding for the Disabled Association, a charity that provides therapeutic horseriding programmes to the physically and mentally disabled. In addition, I support animal welfare, environmental protection and humanitarian causes. I sit on the Seng Poh Resident’s Committee and am actively involved in the estate’s community matters. Not content with all that, I’ve even started urban farming and have had the privilege of being a farmhand for a homestead that is being built from scratch, right here in concrete Singapore. How’s that for divine providence?!”

MARC NAIR

Marc is a graduate of the National University of Singapore. Having majored in English Literature, he taught for five years at a junior college before striking out as a full-time writer, photographer and curator. He has published seven collections of poetry and was a recipient of the Young Artist Award in 2016. He was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is now an associate lecturer there.

A TEDxSingapore speaker, he has worked on projects with companies and institutions such as Nespresso, Costa Coffee, Perrier Jouet, AWARE and BURO 24/7,

“I’ve always enjoyed a range of poetic voices when it comes to my sources of inspiration. Some sustain me for a season and others, like Anis Mojgani and Billy Collins, continually bring fresh fruit and subtle insights. My latest collection, Intersection, draws heavily on the visual competencies of John Bergman and the intersecting points between lived space and poetic space.”