Nuraliah Norasid
graduated with a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Her thesis is a complex work of research through practice that utilised contemporary mythopoesis and characteristics of the speculative fiction genre to highlight issues such as marginality, isolation and socio-historical traumas facing the Malay community in Singapore. That work resulted in her debut novel, The Gatekeeper, for which she won the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. Her writing has been published in Quarter Literary Review Singapore (QLRS), Perempuan: Muslim Women in Singapore Speak Out, and Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics II. Her short story, “Madam Jamilah’s Family Portrait”, which examines the questions of the spectacle when it comes to mainstream treatments of poverty and the dignity of the poor, is featured in Best New Singaporean Short Stories, Volume Three. Nuraliah enjoys walks and stamp-collecting and believes strongly in the value of experiential learning through gaming and deep play.

Events & Conferences (2017)

Competition Judge, Story Slam Singapore Grand Slam 2017, Esplanade Recital Studio.

Panelist, Buy SingLit Festival 2017, Gillman Barracks, Block 7.

Speaker, Can We Write About Race?, The Pod at National Library.

Speaker, Language Matters: For Creativity and Dignity, a Writer’s Perspective, Possibility Room, National Library, Level 5.

Presenter & Panelist, Singapore Writers’ Festival, The Arts House.

Participant, International Conference: ‘Role of Muslim NGOs in Spreading Culture of Peace’, Pan Pacific Hotel.

Discussant & Participant, Asian Interfaith Forum 2017, Cikopo Hotel, Bogor, Indonesia.

Speaker, Humanities and the City Conference 2017, Singapore University of Technology and Design.


Articles, Essays and Commentaries

Madeleine Lee: Critical Introduction. 4 November 2015.

Pooja Nansi: Critical Introduction. 4 November 2015.

“The Gamer’s Guide to Self-Image in the Modern World”. Perempuan: Muslim Women in Singapore Speak Out. Singapore: Aware, 2016. Pp. 75-80.


The Gatekeeper. Singapore: Epigram Books, 2017.

Fiction in Journals and Anthologies

“Madam Jamilah’s Family Portrait”. Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. Vol. 15, No. 3, Jul 2016.

“Madam Jamilah’s Family Portrait”. Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume 3. Singapore: Epigram Books, 2017.

“Parthenon; Once”, “Parapet Linkages”, “Steps & Library”. Eye/Feel/Write: building architectonics. Forthcoming: November 2017.

Awards & Achievements

Nov 2016         Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2016, Winner.
                           Epigram Books Pte. Ltd.

May 2017        Creativity-Leadership-Innovation-Community (CLIC) Award.
                          Nanyang Technological University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of English

Oct 2017          Nanyang Outstanding Alumni Award
                           Nanyang Technological University

Research Interests

  • Inter- and intra-religious diversities
  • Social research, critique and development through creative practice

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