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!

 

 

 
 
  • Book Launch

 

From March to May 2015, I conducted a memoir writing workshop-cum-editing process on behalf of the National Library Board. Twelve fascinating people took part. There were two guest speakers who also came to share their experiences of writing their memoirs: Constance Singam and Josephine Chia. From the twelve essays that were created, seven have been chosen to be published in a chapbook, entitled My Life, My Story: Personal Narratives by Singapore's Seniors, that will be launched during Read! Singapore 2015.

You are all invited to the launch that will happen on Sun 12 July 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Multi-Purpose Room at the Central Public Library. For more information and to register your attendance, please click here.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
  • Pivot: How Point of View Changes Your Story

Deciding the point of view (e.g. use of first/second/third person, involved vs. omniscient vs. detached style of narration) for what you want to write can often be hard. If you have struggled with such issues, then Pivot can help you ease the process. This workshop will clarify the different types of narrative perspective that are possible as well as give pointers on how to choose the form most appropriate for your fictional/non-fictional story.

Organised by: Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing Singapore
Date/Time: Sat 1 Aug 2015, 10 am to 1 pm
Venue: Tutorial Room 6, Singapore Training & Development Association (STADA), Lion Building D, #06-01, 16 Arumugam Road, Singapore 409961
Cost: S$50 (10% discount for Kinokuniya Privelege Card Members), plus registration charge
For more information/to register: Please click here.

 

  • Vivid: Making Characters Come Alive

No matter how hard you try, you’re stuck: your characters on the page remain 2-D and their dialogue just clunks along and drags down the pace of your story. Have no fear. Vivid can be your answer, whether you write fiction or plays. Let seasoned writer Verena Tay share with you tips on how to make your characters appear like living, breathing 3-D persons that speak naturally. And in no time at all, you will be on your way towards creating vibrant characters that your audience can immediately recognise and appreciate. By the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Become a more acute observer of the sights and sounds within your environment;
  • Improve how you infuse your real life insights about people within your character portrayals;
  • Developed more nuanced ways of describing characters and representing speech patterns.

Organised by: Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing Singapore
Date/Time: Sat 1 Aug 2015, 2 to 5 pm
Venue: Tutorial Room 6, Singapore Training & Development Association (STADA), Lion Building D, #06-01, 16 Arumugam Road, Singapore 409961
Cost: S$50 (10% discount for Kinokuniya Privelege Card Members), plus registration charge
For more information/to register: Please click here.

 

  • Cursed Earth: Haunting Stories of a Land Possessed

Centuries ago, a piece of land somewhere in Singapore became cursed and remains cursed to this day. Seasoned storyteller Verena Tay will share you with four tales about this land. Tales of black magic, ghosts and evil beings. Tales guaranteed to send chills of fear up and down your spine. Enter this other world at your own peril…

Based on Verena’s published short story, ‘The Land’, Cursed Earth comprises four parts, each covering a different era of Singapore’s history and incorporating different supernatural motifs and urban legends prevalent in Southeast Asia. A storytelling performance for adults not to be missed.

Performed for: Something to Write Home About: Singapore Arts Festival in New York (12-22 September 2015)
Date/Time: Tue 22 Sep 2015, 7.30 pm
Venue: La MaMa, First Floor Theater, 74A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10013
Cost: US$24 (including participation in closing reception for festival)
For more information/to purchase tickets: Please click here.

 

  • The Hyphenated Life: Being a Multi-genre Artist in Multi-cultural Singapore

For thirty years, Verena Tay has practised theatre as well as told, written and edited stories in Singapore, one of the world’s most multi-cultural nations and fastest developing economies. In this sharing, she will read/perform excerpts from her plays and short stories, talk about her creative inspirations and journey, as well as give some insights about the English language literary and theatrical scene in contemporary Singapore.

Organised By: Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, New York
Date/Time: Wed 23 Sep 2015, 6pm
Venue: Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Cost: US$10 (General), $5 (Students/Seniors)
For more information/to purchase tickets: Please click here.

 

  • Review of "Spectre"

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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

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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