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Oct. 19, 2007

International Writing Program playwrights will read Nov. 2

University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free reading featuring two playwrights in residence, Verena Tay from Singapore and Vijay Nair from India, at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Shambaugh House, the IWP headquarters at 430 N. Clinton St. on the UI campus.

Tay has spent the last two decades working in Singapore's English-language theatre, and since 1997 she has concentrated on solo performances. She also teaches voice, speech and presentation skills in Singapore. Her Web site is She participates in the IWP through the support of the National Arts Council of Singapore, the Singapore International Foundation, the Substation arts center and other sources.

Nair is the author of the recent novel "Master of Life Skills" and several plays. He received the Charles Wallace Award from the British Council and was writer-in-residence at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His current projects include a second novel, a new play, and a film script. His Web site is Nair's IWP residency is supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Biographies of all the IWP writers are accessible at A description of the program and the 2007 residency period is accessible at

The IWP introduces talented writers to American life; enables them to take part in American university life; and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, more than 1,100 writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk from Turkey.

This fall the IWP is hosting writers from more than 30 countries through November, including the program's first participants from Malta and Montenegro. The schedule will provide many opportunities for the public to meet and interact with the writers in social events, formal and informal readings, lectures, performances, film screenings and panel discussions.

The evolving calendar of events is accessible at and on the IWP site. These calendars will be updated regularly as new events are added.

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