HIKAYAT is for ALL of Malaysians. To love. To share. To cherish.
BERNAMA Radio 24 will be featuring me telling folklores (Hikayat) from 1st August onwards Monday to Friday at 1015pm. Just nice for bedtime stories. This is really a project to reach out to ALL Malaysians, especially the younger generation. For unity. Nation-building. But really…to enjoy, I hope.
In particular, from 31st August to 16th September, #SaySomethingNiceCampaign - A Hikayat A Day will be featured. And in August, a feature in NST School Times! Meanwhile, I am lagging behind time trying to finish my next novel, SITI. The protagonist is such an overwhelming character in our legends and mind, it is a real challenge. I have always dreamt of writing a book on Che Siti Wan Kembang and yet now, the fear of not doing justice to her story can at times result in a huge writer's block. Well, my usual advice to myself when this happens is to walk away from it for awhile and be busy with other writing projects. Poetry, reading and stuff... And all the while, I write on!
My life over at the poetry blogosphere has been a wonderful adventure with poetry and online friendship, an unexpected bonus really. Sherry over at Poets United is very supportive of my poetry and work. Back in 2010, Poets United founder Robb Loydd interviewed me. This month, Poets United decided to feature a second interview. I am humbled.
Life of a Poet ~ Ninotaziz
Kids, I have a special treat for you today. Ninotaziz has been a member of the Poets United community since the very early days of Poets United, when the site was begun by Robb Lloyd, (to whom I will be forever grateful). I am sure you have all enjoyed her amazing poetry. Over the three years I have known her, I have watched Ninot pursue her passion of preserving Malay legend, producing several beautiful books, that combine art and storytelling with magical results. I have been excited to see her work gaining recognition in the world of Malaysian letters, so that now I find myself interviewing not just a friend, but an emerging celebrity. It is a great honor to bring you this exciting update about our very own Ninotaziz.