Sharon Bakar was born in Leicester, in the UK, and began her teaching career in inner-city schools in Birmingham, where she was also a part-time youth and community worker. working with disadvantaged children. She did Voluntary Service Overseas working in a government girl's boarding school in Plateau State in Nigeria, and moved to Malaysia in 1984. Here she worked in government schools and in teacher-training, and also spent three years as Coordinator for Business Communication for The British Council.
Sharon is now based in Kuala Lumpur and works as a freelance writer and teacher-trainer and runs a training company -Word Works Sdn Bhd. She is also literary agent for Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency in charge of fiction and novels. Please note that submissions and queries for representation should be sent based on guidelines provided under the Submissions tab.
Her work has appeared in a number of Malaysian publications including The Star, Off the Edge, Kosmo, Mens’ Review, Quill, Kakiseni.com and Chrome magazine. She is also the editor of an anthology of short fiction, Collateral Damage, published by Silverfish Books and was one of the judges for the MPH Short Story Competition 2009. She organizes Readings, a monthly event for local writers, at Seksan Gallery in Bangsar. In 2010, Sharon will be working with Bernice Chauly to publish a collection of writings from the event.
She has taught her creative writing courses in partnership with the British Council, MPH Bookstores, and also for the International Medical University and IKIM. She now teaches it in partnership with Learning Works.
Check out Sharon's blog: http://thebookaholic.blogspot.com/
LINDA TAN LINGARD
Linda Tan has been in the publishing industry for more than 15 years. During that time she has worked as production controller, editor, publisher, and more recently as literary agent.
As an agent, Linda is interested in children's books including picture books, and stories for children below 12 and young adult novels. She is also interested in non-fiction.
Her passion is to introduce Malaysian and Asian books to the world but she also believes in introducing good books from other parts of the world to Asia.
She works closely with Yusof Gajah to promote Malaysian illustrators.
Having been an avid reader since young, Linda believes in the power of the written word to change and enrich lives. She is keen on activities that promote reading, writing and picture book art.
She admires editors, writers and illustrators and is glad to be part of the process to bring their work to be enjoyed by all and hopes to be able to do more!
Please read the Submissions tab if you are interested to submit your manuscript.