Balli Kaur

Humanities (English Language and Literature)



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Ms Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of four novels, including Singapore Literature Prize finalist, Sugarbread (Epigram Books/Harper Collins 2016) and Inheritance (Sleepers/Epigram Books/Harper Collins 2013), which won the Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Young Novelist award. She is the film consultant for the Ridley Scott screen adaptation of her novel, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (Harper Collins/William Morrow 2017), and for the Fox Network television series adaptation of her most recent novel, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters (Harper Collins/William Morrow 2019). Her short stories have been published and anthologised in publications around the world.

Ms Jaswal is currently working on a new novel set in Singapore, which will be released internationally in May 2022. She is also involved as a writer in numerous local projects that highlight untold narratives in Singapore, such as AWARE’s Saga podcast, and the Indian Heritage Centre’s Sikhs in Singapore exhibit. Ms Jaswal’s essays and op-eds about diaspora, migrant identities, censorship, racism and sexuality have appeared in the New York Times,, Harper’s Bazaar India, Refinery29, Conde Nast Traveler, South China Morning Post, Griffith Review, and, among other publications. She received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Creative Writing from Nanyang Technological University in 2021.

Ms Jaswal’s PhD dissertation was titled Rebellious Daughters, Sisters and Wives: Non-Conforming Women in South Asian Diaspora Fiction. She is interested in migrant identities and narratives pertaining to the lives of women in marginalised communities. Ms Jaswal’s broader interests include the intersections between race and gender; postcolonial theory; diaspora narratives; taboos surrounding sexuality, illness and trauma in the migrant context; and representations of minority narratives in contemporary Western publishing.

Now You See Us. (forthcoming) New York: Harper Collins/William Morrow, 2022.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters. New York: Harper Collins/William Morrow, 2019.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. New York: Harper Collins/William Morrow, 2017.

Sugarbread. Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016/Harper Collins India, 2020.

Inheritance. Melbourne: Sleepers Publishing, 2013/Harper Collins India, 2020.

YHU2293 Introduction to Fiction Writing
YHU2202 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
YHU4215 Advanced Fiction Writing