Bernice Chauly is a writer and poet. Born in George Town to Chinese-Punjabi teachers, she read education and english literature in Canada as a government scholar. For over 20 years, she has worked extensively in the creative industries as a writer, photographer, actor and filmmaker and has won multiple awards for her work and her contribution to the arts.
In 1998, she began organizing literary events, and in 2005, founded Readings and CeritAku, which continue to be platforms for established and emerging writers and poets. She is the author of four books, which include poetry, short fiction and the acclaimed literary memoir Growing Up With Ghosts (2011), an exploration of grief, history and bloodlines, which won the Reader’s Choice Award (2012) in the non-fiction category.
In 2012, she was invited to be writer-in-residence with the Nederlands Letterenfonds (Dutch Foundation for Literature) in Amsterdam where she began work on a novel. She has toured and performed in literary festivals in Suriname, the Dutch Antilles, South Africa, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Netherlands.
She is the Festival Curator of the George Town Literary Festival in Penang, Malaysia.