International Storytelling Festival Singapore 2021
Verena Tay

Verena Tay


Verena Tay is a master at telling stories performatively and in a written format.

As an oral storyteller, Verena has delighted audiences in Singapore, Scandinavia, Australia, the US, Wales and Malaysia with her unique way of bringing stories vocally and physically alive. A founding member of MoonShadow Stories and the Storytelling Association (Singapore), she is driven to make traditional myths/tales/legends relevant for people today. She has also successfully coached adults to improve their storytelling craft through various courses, particularly her intermediate-level workshop, ‘Beyond Storytelling 101’.

As a practitioner for over 25 years, Verena acted, directed and wrote for local English language theatre. To date, four collections of her plays have been published.

As a writer, Verena has published two short story collections: Spectre (2012) and Spaces (2016). She has edited 12 volumes of short stories, including the popular Balik Kampung series published by Math Paper Press. An Honorary Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (Aug–Nov 2007), she was a Writer-in-Residence at Nanyang Technological University (Aug–Nov 2018). In addition, she has conducted creative writing workshops for Singapore Book Council, National Library Board, Ministry of Education, The Arts House and other institutions. Verena possesses three Masters in English Literature, Voice Studies and Creative Writing. Currently, she is writing her first novel as part of her Ph.D. studies in Creative Writing with Swansea University. Find out more at

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