Hi, I’m Syar. I’m a writer and facilitator based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I’m currently available for part-time / short-term contract and/or consultation work. Contact me or email ssalia at gmail dot com.
Over the past decade or so, I’ve honed my focus on effective communication and creating productive and enabling spaces and circumstances for connection and collaboration. The overlapping spaces I live in and keep returning to are human rights-based work (organising, movement-building, solidarity, awareness, campaigning), the arts (arts management, literature, visual, performance) and communications (online/digital, storytelling, facilitation, mediation, capacity building, tarot).
My best work has happened in collaboration, with equally empowered and motivated creative / work partners as curious as I am about dismantling old systems that don’t work and building new, healthier, and more effective pathways forward. I want to tell impactful and engaging stories that matter and amplify voices doing the same, I participate in making a world that cares for all its inhabitants, I am pulled to hold space for collective meaning-making, and I like to create joyful things that move others.
I like to spend my time being online too much, sewing, gardening, cooking, reading, writing about and reading tarot, and taking pictures of my cats.
I’ve worked as: writer, editor, project / campaign coordinator, arts / production / residency / social media manager, rapporteur, facilitator, moderator, performer, speaker, teacher. I’ve enjoyed positive and fruitful working experiences with All Women’s Action Society Malaysia (AWAM), Association of Progressive Communications (APC), Biawak Gemok Zine Distro, British Council Malaysia, EMPOWER Malaysia, International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW), ISSUE Magazine, La Trobe Student Theatre and Film, Rimbun Dahan Artist Residency, Think City.
For the curious, it’s pronounced:
Page last updated: 1 June 2020.