Calistro Prize Announces Shortlist!

What have you been up to?
 The Calistro Prize is pleased to announce the shortlist for 2014
(in alphabetical order)

1. Delima and the Fanged King’s Curse by Wong Kae Jeen
2. Ghost Girl by Chin Ai May
3. Nik and the Secret of the Sunset Ship by Zalina Abdul Aziz
4. Skyping Back In Time by Agnes Ong
5. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Sean Gregory Alexander Fernandez by Ivan Yeo Mun Kit


Fadzilah Amin taught English literature at the University of Malaya from 1970 to 1996, and after that taught English language (and some literature) at various other educational institutions, at first full-time and then part-time. From 2001 to 2013, she answered readers’ questions on English grammar, usage, etc. for The Star. She even interpreted song lyrics for some readers whom she believe to be teenagers. She has tried her hand at creative writing, but not for children but has not called herself a creative writer – at least, not yet.

Halimah Mohd Said is a writer and citizen journalist who, since 1998, has contributed feature articles, opinion pieces and letters to the editor in the mainstream newspapers including New Straits Times, The Star, Utusan Malaysia and The Sun. From 2011 to 2014, she ran a fortnightly column THIS N THAT in The Sun. Her writings in and for the media presents critical analyses of socio-cultural issues of national concern such language and education, integrity and corruption, unity and multiculturalism.

As a long-serving educationist and academician specialising in English Language and Linguistics – secondary school teacher (1969-1976) and lecturer at the University of Malaya (1976-2000) – she has written and edited many writings. Her publications include English Is An Asian Language (2000), Language And Empowerment (2003), My Early Years: Dr Mohamed Said (2011), Memories Of Our Mothers (2012) and the co-authorship of a book Images Of The Jawi Peranakan Of Penang (2004). She has been actively involved in the committee of the Malaysian Association of Modern Languages which organises research, conferences, seminars and workshops and publishes journals and books on language and linguistics.

Hazadiah Mohd Dahan obtained her PhD (English) from the University of Birmingham, UK , M.A in Applied Linguistics from University of Essex, UK and B.A (Hon) in English Literature from the University of Malaya. She has served at the Faculty of Education, UiTM, as a Founding Dean and a Professor of English from 1997 till 2014.
She has extensive experience in the TESL in the areas of program design and development, English language proficiency, teacher education and, and staff training. She has taught Linguistics and Language of Academic Discourse to undergraduates and post graduates. She has also taught English Literature and Sociolinguistics to young adults at the American Degree Programme, and at the Faculty of Education, UiTM. It is within these areas that she has developed a strong understanding of how language functions in helping the young develop their identities.

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