Making Words come alive
Welcome to my website that summarises my various artistic ventures! Please do visit this page often or scroll down the page to subscribe to my email database for updates.
Ph.D in Creative Writing
On 1 Oct 2016, I offficially began my Ph.D. studies in Creative Writing at Swansea University, Wales, UK. Under this programme, I will write my first novel. It is an exciting and eye-opening time straddling Singapore and Swansea...
'The Car' @ The Esplanade (July 2017)
As part of its Feed Your Imagination series, The Esplanade has commissioned Our Company to produce my play, The Car, for 4 to 7 July 2017. For more details, please click here.
My recent online presence
'relations blocked', 'insouciant', 'Curated Five: Only in Singapore', and 'the road oft taken' (poems) are published in Alluvium: Literary Shanghai (12 May 2017).
'Atlas unarmed', 'Why Rage Against the Dying Light', 'Etiquette' and 'Cole Swensen: Ekphrasis #1' (poems) are published in We Are A Website, Issue 6: Searing/Sticky 2017.
Spaces: People/Places, my second volume of short stories has been reviewed in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (Mar 2017, Issue 35).
'Chaptek King' and 'First Word' (flash fiction) are published in Swag Literary Journal, Issue 4: Terrible Twos (Mar 2017).
'Cole Swensen: Ekphrasis #2' (a poem) is published in Eunoia Review, 17 Jan 2017.
Joanne Furniss interviewed me about my memoir writing workshops.
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.
'Dawn' is published in Ducts, Issue 34, Winter 2015.
Spaces: People/Places, Three New Volumes of Balik Kampung, Singapore Love Stories
During the Singapore Writers Festival 2016, I launched the following books:
- my second book of short stories, Spaces: People/Places, plus
- four anthologies of short stories that I edited: Balik Kampung 3A: Northern Shores, Balik Kampung 3B: Some East, More West, Balik Kampung 3C: Central Corridor and Singapore Love Stories.
Please click on the above links to find more about these titles and how to purchase your own copies!
My Life, My Story II and Feast!: Stories on Food and Love
During 2016, I conducted two creative writing workshops for the National Library Board of Singapore as well as edited the texts that arose from the workshops. The best stories have been selected and published in two separate volumes: My Life, My Story II: More Memoirs from Singapore’s Seniors and Feast!: Stories on Food and Love. Both books were launched on Sat 15 Oct, 3 to 5 pm, at Exhibition Area, Central Public Library.
Both books are now circulated via the National Library system. Please visit your local library and to borrow a copy!
Afterness: Literature from the New Transnational Asia
I am proud to be part of the soon-to-be published Afterness: Literature from the New Transnational Asia (edited by Rebekah Chan, Gregg Schroeder, Jenn Chan Lyman, Quenntis Ashby & Amanda Skelton), an anthology of writing from 65 graduates of the acclaimed, but short-lived, MFA in Creative Writing, City University of Hong Kong. Within this collection is published some of my flash fiction under the umbrella title of 'Shades of Resistance: Eight Flash Fiction Stories' ('Smashed', 'Venus de Milo', 'Desired', 'Vegemites Unite', 'Private Time', 'John’s Bread', 'The Artisan', 'Bibliophile').
The Car and Other Plays
Announcing the publication of The Car and Other Plays by Math Paper Press -- three of my plays curated into a special publication that is being included in the Ministry of Education's list of recommended texts for the Lower Secondary School English Literature syllabus from 2017 onwards...
The three plays in this collection comprises: my award-winning 'The Car', 'Queen Sophia & That Dog Buster', and 'Imperfect Family Recipes'.
Calling all teachers of Lower Secondary English Literature!!! Do get your copy as soon as possible so that you can make the decision of whether or not to use this text in 2017. This is a unique collection of plays just created for you in mind. The three plays are highly accessible and with family-centred themes. Moreover, BooksActually/Math Paper Press will publish a learning resource guide that will be made available online come January 2017.
My books online
My short stories, plays and edited anthologies can now be purchased online as follows:
- Spaces: People/Places
- Balik Kampung 3A
- Balik Kampung 3B
- Balik Kampung 3C
- Singapore Love Stories
- The Car and Other Plays
- Balik Kampung 2B
- Balik Kampung 2A
- Balik Kampung
- A Monsoon Feast
- In the Company of Heroes
- In the Company of Women
All URLS are correct as of 21 Dec 2016.