Embracing 2014!


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

 
  •  Read Singapore 2014

For the first time ever, I am participating in Read Singapore, the annual campaign conducted by the National Library Board. My version of the classic folktale, 'The Weaving Maid and the Cowherd', has been published in the Read Singapore 2014 publication, Tales from East Asia, and has also been translated into Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. Do visit a public library as soon as possible and look out for and pick up a free copy of this publication.

In addition, I will be telling my version of 'The Weaving Maid and the Cowherd' at the Milk and Cookies Book Party on 12 July (Bedok Public Library) and 13 July (Bishan Public Library).

 

 

  • My Story: Crafting Personal Life into Art

The strongest stories are often the ones closest to your heart. How do you transform biographical accounts into thought-provoking tales that others can relate to? In this creative writing workshop, learn valuable and practical tips on how to shape accounts of real-life experiences into compelling works of fiction.

This workshop is suitable for youths and adults aged 15 years and above. Participants are to bring along a personal object of sentimental value, or something that represents an aspect of their personal life.

Organised by: National Library Board
Date/Time: Sat 16 Aug 2014, 2 to 5 pm
Venue: Changi/Simei Room in Tampines Regional Library
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required

To register, please click here.

 

  • Eyes Ears Mouth Nose: Exciting Stories for the Family

Join me and other Professional Members of the Storytelling Association (Singapore) as we tell stories for children aged between 7 and 12 years old.

What if you could see far, far away? What do you do if you forget what you heard? What happens if your mouth gets you into trouble? Come and put your nose into the affairs of the characters in our stories for families and find out how each of them manages, or doesn’t!

Organised by: Storytelling Association (Singapore) as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival Fringe 2014
Date/Time: Sat 23 Aug 2014, 3 to 4.30 pm
Venue: The Screening Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Tickets: $10 per child aged 7 to 12 / $20 per adult (ticketing charges apply)

To find out more, please click here.
To purchase tickets, 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 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: To be confirmed, plus ticketing charge

Registration information will soon be available.

 

  • Short stories published online

'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

6 February 2012 (Mon), 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

9 January 2012 (Mon), 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…

22 December 2011 (Thu), 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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