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Award-winning Filipino novelist Gina Apostol is helping other Southeast Asian writers based in London.

Apostol conducted a masterclass for SULAT, a platform launched by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London in January.

The Filipino author facilitated discussions about the place of history and the “silent voices” in writing post-colonial fiction, followed by a round of critiques on the works of SULAT’s first batch of creative writing fellows.

The workshop was concluded by the London debut of award-winning Filipino masterpieces: Gina Apostol’s “Insurrecto” and Reine Arcache Melvin’s “The Betrayed.”

“Writers are some of the most important purveyors of culture,” said Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio M. Lagdameo. “Works of literature, whether prose or poetry, have the power to provide people a glimpse into the soul of a nation and the essence of a country’s culture. Specific to Philippine literature, the Filipinos’ strong command of the English language make us some of the most compelling storytellers in the English-speaking world,” said Lagdameo in a Philippine Embassy in the UK report.

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