Embracing 2014!

2014 will be an exciting year filled with writing, teaching and storytelling.
Join me if you can!



  • 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 practitioner 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
- 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 20 Sep 2014, 2 to 5 pm
Venue: Singapore Training and Development Association, #06-01, Lion Building D, 16 Arumugam Road, Singapore 409961
Cost: $55, plus registration charge (grants/discounts available)
For more information/to register: Please click here.


  • Where Authors Call 'Home': The Balik Kampung Stories

A panel discussion and reading by the editor and various authors of the Balik Kampung series of short stories

In the short story anthologies, Balik Kampung, Balik Kampung 2A: People and Places and Balik Kampung 2B: Contemplations, writers were invited to share their experiences and perspectives from having lived in a particular district of Singapore for at least ten years. Come listen to the series editor, Verena Tay, as she shares about the themes of place and identity that are richly revealed in the three books, and why it is important to tell stories about the spaces in which we live or places that we know well, even if they no longer exist. Contributors Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, Tania De Rozario and Woon Chet Choon will also be reading their respective Balik Kampung stories featured in the anthologies and discussing their experiences of recording history through creating fiction.

Organised by: National Museum of Singapore, as part of the 'Lighter Side of History' series
Date/Time: Sat 27 Sep 2014, 4 to 5.30 pm
Venue: Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore
Admission: Free - registration required (registration information will be available soon)


  • Short stories published online

'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.

I was involved with Passages 2013, a literary community project to unearth personal stories that would have otherwise gone unheard. You can read my story, 'Ex', online.

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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On Sight

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 02:41:13 +0000, Uncategorized
It is amazing how mankind has evolved in such a way that we are very dependent on sight as one of our five senses. For those of us who were born sighted, we use this faculty a great deal to filter our perception of the universe. And yet we are often reminded that all that […]

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Quest for Solitude

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 03:53:06 +0000, Uncategorized
I read two things lately that have struck me as significant. The first is an online essay about the qualities of an introvert: apparently, introverts are quiet because their brains are hardwired to absorb a lot of information all at once and do not need the same degree of external stimulation as an extrovert, lest […]

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‘Tis the Season…

Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:50:35 +0000, Uncategorized
In my younger days, I could stride into shops, battle for hours with the crowd to get the best deals and emerge happy and contented. Gone are those times. Last Sunday, I went looking for my last Christmas presents. I entered only one mall. One department store, two shops and two hours later, I had […]

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