Sharlene Teo


Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987. She has an LLB in Law from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing award. 

She was shortlisted for the Berlin Writing Prize and holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program. Ponti is her first novel. It won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award in 2016, and was shortlisted for the Heart’s Big Book Award 2018 and the Edward Stanford Fiction with a Sense of Place Award 2019.