Evelyn grew up in a large extended family that spoke Toisanese (Taishanese) with her paternal grandmother and English with one another at family gatherings. Born and raised in Canada, Evelyn migrated to Singapore after she married and was welcomed by her husband’s family and friends. They spoke Hokkien, Mandarin, Cantonese, Teochew, Malay and English – languages that her husband grew up with in the neighbourhood.
At work Evelyn wrote and edited publications advocating decent work, diversity and sustainable development. At home she read, wrote and told tales with her children.
Evelyn’s stories reflect the diversity of languages and life in Singapore. They have been performed in interactive bilingual children's theatre and multilingual storytelling workshops, and even inspired a short film. Just a Little Mynah is her first multilingual picture book in an upcoming series. She appreciates the encouragement and collaboration of kindred spirits in the children’s literary arts community. Evelyn is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge, and the Singapore Book Council Advisory Network. She has been involved in the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) since its first festival.
When Evelyn isn’t writing, she's reading and telling stories with her two young granddaughters that take them on adventures in Singapore, planet earth and billions of light-years away.
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