2016: A Year of New Beginnings


Welcome to my website! 2016 is the start of many new artistic ventures that will be revealed in due course. Please do visit this page often or scroll down the page to subscribe to my email database for updates.

 

 

 

 

  • My Life, My Story: Memoir Writing Workshop

Last year, I conducted a memoir writing workshop-cum-editing process on behalf of the National Library Board that led to the publication of the chapbook, entitled My Life, My Story: Personal Narratives by Singapore's Seniors, launched during Read! Singapore 2015. NLB has invited me to conduct another workshop that takes place between on Monday afternoons between 22 Feb to 28 Mar 2016 at Bishan Library.

 

 

 

 

  • Food in Mind: Writing Creatively About Food and Human Relationships

Food in Mind is the second creative writing workshop that I am conducting for the National Library Board this year. The workshop takes place on Saturday afternoons between 26 Mar and 30 Apr 2016 at Bishan Library. Registrations have closed for the workshop.

 

  • Launch of 'Left to Right'

Left to Right is a labour of love curated by Geraldine Kang and Kenneth Tay. Each entry features a maximum 200-word response to selected lens-based image(s) produced in or of Singapore. I am proud to be part of this anthology with my responses to the wonderful photography of Jon Gresham.

All are welcome for the book launch scheduled for 6 April 2016, 7.30 pm @ Objectifs, 155 Middle Rd, Singapore 188977 (Workshop Space, Level 2, Main Building).

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1678291802440881/.

 

  • Launch of 'Flesh'

 

Flesh is part of a series of short story fiction anthologies published by Fixi Novo, the Malaysian publisher. Flesh and its sister books are being launched during the London Book Fair on 11 Apr @ Daunt Books, 61 Cheapside, EC2V 6AX London, United Kingdom. My story, 'The Sensualist', (that some have said is the best story I've written to date) can be found inside Flesh. Copies of Flesh should be available on Amazon and in bookshops in Singapore and Malaysia by May 2016.

For more information about Flesh and the London launch, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1716359915312940/.

 

 

  • 'Catalyst: Releasing New Writing' Workshop

Wanting to write, but not sure how to start? Stuck in a rut where your writing is concerned? In short, wondering where your creativity has disappeared to or whether you had any creativity in the first place? Relax! Catalyst is here to inspire you! Established local theatre actor, director and writer Verena Tay will help you perceive the world around you and the objects that surround you in a new fashion so as to fuel your creativity and give impetus to new writing. Whether you are a new or seasoned writer, Catalyst will stimulate your senses and spur you to write text infused with unexpected textures to grab the imagination of your readers.

Organiser: Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing, National Book Development Council of Singapore
Date/Time: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:30 am  to 12:30 pm
Venue: Singapore Training & Development Association Singapore, 16 Arumugam Rd, #06-01 Lion Bldg D, Singapore 409961
Fee: $70
To register/for more information, please click here.

 

  •  'Legacy: First Steps In Creating Your Memoir' Workshop

You’ve lived a full life and now wish to create a memoir and share your experiences with others. If you are uncertain on how to write a memoir, Legacy can help you:

  • Brainstorm your focus;
  • Structure your content;
  • Discover possible entry points/perspectives to approach your material;
  • Start your first draft.

Why wait any longer? Join this workshop and be inspired to begin your memoir writing process.  This workshop is for individuals aged 40 and above and fluent in English.

Organiser: Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing, National Book Development Council of Singapore
Date/Time: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2 to 5 pm
Venue: Singapore Training & Development Association Singapore, 16 Arumugam Rd, #06-01 Lion Bldg D, Singapore 409961
Fee: $70
To register/for more information, please click here.

 

  • My online presence

Joanne Furniss interviewed me about my memoir writing workshops. Please click here to read the interview.

To read Agnes Lam's review of my book, Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light, that appears in the June 2015 issue of the Asiatic journal, please click here.

If you wish to listen to me read an excerpt from my short story, ‘Fast Food, 1979: Portrait of an Old Lady’, please click here. Women For the Record, a series of 50 videos featuring poetry, prose and playwriting by women from Singapore, is a collaboration between Hedgebrook and EtiquetteSG.

 

  • Short stories published online

'The Truth About Mr X: 2015' is now in Junoesq Literary Journal, Issue 5, Aug 2015.

'Dawn' is published in Ducts, Issue 34, Winter 2015.

'Verdict' appears in Junoesq Literary Journal, Issue 1, Aug 2014.

'The Building' can be found in the Oct 2013 issue of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore.

The full text of 'Fast Food, 1979: Portrait of an Old Lady', has been re-published in the Writers' Hub website run by Birbeck College, London.

 

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My books online

My plays and short stories and edited anthologies published by Math Paper Press (In the Company of Heroes, Victimology, Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light, Balik Kampung, Balik Kampung 2A: People and Places, Balik Kampung 2B: Contemplations) can now be purchased online as follows:
- BooksActually: In the Company of Heroes
- BooksActually: Victimology
- BooksActually: Spectre
- BooksActually: Balik Kampung
- BooksActually: Balik Kampung 2A
- BooksActually: Balik Kampung 2B