Hi, I’m Liy. I’m a communications consultant documenting convenings, supporting networks, and doing voiceovers. I currently focus on systematising information and knowledge creation to strengthen movements in the Global South.

I organise, clarify and present information for myself and others. I enjoy being a part of local and transnational / transcultural work that is reflective, accessible, and sustainable. I believe that knowledge creation from lived realities and facilitating interdependence is crucial now and in the years to come.


Selected work

Documentation

Writing

Participation

  • Sisters In Islam’s Facilitation Training: Keadilan Wanita dan Wacana Islam (Gender Equality In Islamic Discourse), 2018

  • Feminism + Pop Culture (#fempop18), a networking trip to Berlin hosted by Goethe-Institut and Missy Magazine to share perspectives with cultural practitioners, artists, activists from SEA, Australia, New Zealand and Germany, 2018

  • The Musawah Course on Islam & Gender Equality and Justice (I-nGEJ), 2018

  • Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review, invited by IWRAW AP to UNESCAP Bangkok, 2014


Interviewed by

Voice of America: People power fueled the Malaysian election upset, 2018

BFM89.9 (radio) Evening Edition: Young people, your votes do matter!, 2018

The Star (print): Political education is the key, 2018

FMT: Using social media not enough, NGO tells politicians, 2018

BFM89.9 (radio) Breakfast Grille: GE14’s Mid-Week Poll Poser, 2018

CLEO Magazine (print): CLEO’s Coolest Creatives, 2018

Malaysia.my: The Zine Scene, 2017

The Malay Mail (print): Give Liyana three words and she will give you a poem in an instant, 2015

Durian Asean: ASEAN Breakfast Call: Beijing+20, Reviving the Women’s Movement, 2014’

BFM89.9 (radio) Evening Edition: Project Serambi Mytopia of 2061, 2011


Panels and
public speaking

Malaysia National Poetry Slam preliminary judge of the inaugural annual spoken word poetry competition, George Town Literary Festival, 2018

Practical Encounters: Feminisms and queer cultures in South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, panelist, hosted by Goethe-Institut and Missy Magazine at District Berlin, 2018

Who’s Yer Mama: Queering Motherhood, moderated a Mother’s Day forum by Justice For Sisters at Art For Grabs, 2018

Feminist zines and the circulation of provocation, hosted by the Malaysia Design Archive, 2017

Sunway International School / CIMP Career Week media and PR panelist, at Sunway International School, 2016

Open Table Sessions panelist, hosted by Englishjer at their EJ Open House, 2016

Meowlaysia Film Festival, invited to co-curate a cat video festival at Art For Grabs, 2016

Interchange film script consultant panel, invited by Apparat, 2015

The Perils and Pleasures of Talking About Sexism, hosted by KL Alternative Bookfest (KLAB) and Art For Grabs, 2015

Bukan Sekadar Bicara, moderated a discussion on women’s representation in the Malaysian film industry at Gerakbudaya, 2015


Writing

Zines and You’re Too Drunk To Dream, a review of the zine Anarchy and Alcohol for Wait A Minute Now

Learning Good Consent, a review of a classic zine that’s more timely than ever for Wait A Minute Now

Zines and Beginnings, a first zine column for Wait A Minute Now

Things My Grandmother Doesn’t Understand, a poem on family and forgetting for issue 4 of Rambutan Literary

Wedlock, a poem about marriage for issue 4 of Rambutan Literary

They’re Missing, dystopian flash fiction for Fixi’s print anthology Micro Malaysians

Gerai Poem no.105, an instant poem incorporated into January Low’s Dedicated: an Odissi dance solo

Being a young Malaysian-Muslim feminist, a post on UN Women Asia Pacific (also in print)

Note To My Unborn Descendents, a poem about past and future for ISSUE Magazine

Dari Kampala Ke Kuala Lumpur, a zine adapted from a commissioned profile/music series online about the migrant student experience in KL

Grand Parents, a poem about family, in Readings from Readings, a print anthology by Bernice Chauly and Sharon Bakar

I Love Malaysia Day: 13 States, 13 Stories, an interns’ holiday radio special on BFM89.9’s I Love KL 4


Others

My collaborator Syar and I provide tarot consultations for individuals and events through our outfit, Mellow Tarot. Tarot is one response of mindfulness against the anxieties of increasing global and local turbulence. Through our readings and communications experience, we guide clients to reflect on their narratives and imagine ways forward.
View testimonials and book an appointment here.

As for personal creative projects, I ran a non-fiction analytical book club on Snapchat, collaboratively devised a narrative performance from Malaysian folklore, created an interactive offstage poetry performance with my late grandfather’s typewriter, and released one of Kuala Lumpur’s first spoken word music EPs. View selected experimental work here.


Publicity comms

I spent a decade working in communications consulting, strategy, project management, scriptwriting, copywriting, community management, and PR portfolios.

Previous clients include:

Good Vibes Festival
Kakiseni
Maybank
Nestle La Cremeria
PJ Live Arts
Red Bull Product Of Europe
the Selangor state government
Sundance Channel
The School and Jaya One
Urbanscapes
WOMEN:girls
YTL Yes 4G


Appearances

Fake News From Real Bodies / Real News From Fake Bodies, emcee for the performance art show at Five Arts Centre, 2018, Kuala Lumpur

Dedicated: an Odissi solo by January Low 2018, Kuala Lumpur

Nat Geo People Asia’s Stepping Out narrator, 2017, National Geographic Channel

Jack It! Vol. 15 feat. Liyana & Leon Sapphire, 2017, Kuala Lumpur

Mapping Creative Hubs in Malaysia, a British Council research project, 2017, Malaysia

Urbanscapes Festival 2017, Malaysia

If Walls Could Talk Vol.21 headliner, 2016 Kuala Lumpur

If Walls Could Talk Vol.19 (One Year Anniversary), 2016 Kuala Lumpur

Suatukala Langkawi Festival Of Stories 2015, Kedah, Malaysia

Titian Budaya 2015 KL-SG art exhibition, Kuala Lumpur

George Town Literary Festival 2015, Penang, Malaysia

The Other Fest 2015, Ipoh, Malaysia

George Town Festival 2015, Penang, Malaysia

Pusat Bantuan Khidmat Sosial (PBKS) and SEED fundraiser, 2015

Cooler Lumpur Festival 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cooler Lumpur Festival 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

PJ Live Arts Story Fest 2012, Selangor, Malaysia

SCALE 2012: A mini music instrument showcase, Selangor, Malaysia

British Council’s Dickens 2012 Read-a-thon, Malaysia

LEVI’s 10 Malaysia Curve ID personalities 2011, Malaysia

Readings from Readings - New Malaysian Writing, performer at Alexis Telawi, 2011, Malaysia

Artisan Roast Jalan Ampang official launch, 2010, Malaysia

Urbanscapes Festival 2010, Malaysia

Dr. Farish Noor’s “What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You: The Annexe Lectures Vol.1” book launch, 2009, Malaysia

Project OMG, supported by The Dram Projects, 2008, Kuala Lumpur

Short + Sweet Festival 2008, Malaysia

Singapore Writers Festival 2007, Singapore

Wayang Kata IV, performer, presented by British Council and Troubagangers at No Black Tie, 2007, Malaysia