2015: A Year of Celebration


There's much to celebrate in 2015: the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Singapore, my 5oth year, my receiving of an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the City University of Hong Kong, amidst other things. Join me if you can!

 

 

  • 'The Car' being read as part of The Studios: Fifty Season

My play, 'The Car', will be read as part of The Esplanade's SG50 celebrations under through the platform, The Studios: Fifty Season, where 50 plays will be read/produced over 5 weeks. 'The Car' will be read via Family Relations in Singapore Plays (directed by Thong Pei Qin) on Fri 10 Apr, 7.30 pm, at the Recital Studio. Click here to book tickets.

 

  • WOMEN FOR THE RECORD #5 // "An Excerpt from Fast Food, 1979"

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.

 

  • Characters Through Action

If a story is a narrative of a character’s struggle to achieve certain goals, then how the character behaves is a vital element that defines his/her nature. Thus Characters Through Action is a workshop aimed at helping writers understand and refine how they depict characters particularly through the use of action. Through a step-by-step process via collaborative and individual exercises, workshop participants will gain ways and means to create more engaging and well-rounded characters when writing fiction.

Organised by: Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing Singapore
Date/Time: Sat 11 Apr 2015, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Heritage Place, 21 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188108
Cost: $70, plus registration charge
For more information/to register: Please click here.

 

  • Ancient Tales/Modern Spin: How to Rewrite Your Version of Old Stories

There are ancient folk tales, fables, myths and legends that still resonate strongly with audiences today. As modern writers, we can sometimes draw inspiration from these old stories, instead of trying in vain to devise new plotlines and themes to embody what we want to say. Using various Aesop’s fables as examples, Verena Tay will share with you ways and means on how you can rework structural elements to develop a fresh piece of writing before you reinterpret a traditional myth/legend/folktale of your choice.

Organised by: Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing Singapore
Date/Time: Sat 16 May 2015, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Venue: Level 5, Imagination Room, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Cost: $50, plus registration charge
For more information/to register: Please click here.

 

  • Catalyst: Releasing New Writing

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.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Learn the process of drawing inspiration from the environment and objects found around oneself to write creatively
- Write creatively based on your inspirations
- Receive feedback on how you can further develop what you have written during the workshop

Organised by: Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing Singapore
Date/Time: Sat 16 May 2015, 13.30 to 16.30 pm
Venue: Level 5, Imagination Room, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Cost: $50, plus registration charge
For more information/to register: Please click here.

 

  •  Short stories published online

'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.
 

  • How to purchase 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
 

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