The Aftermath

Singapore Unbound: The Transgressions Reading in Singapore

Festival authors and alums Ovidia Yu, Cyril Wong, and Tania De Rozario seduced the audience at Booktique at the Singapore Unbound: the Transgressions Reading. 

Thanks to all who turned up for the event. We hope you enjoyed a taste of the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC!

 

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Books by Festival Authors.

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Jee Leong Koh talking about the 2nd Singapore Literature Festival in NYC. Photo by Victoria Siew Pei Ling

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Cyril Wong Cy Rai reading from his Singapore Literature Prize-winning book of poems A LOVER’S INVENTORY. Photo by Victoria Siew Pei Ling

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Tania De Rozario reading. Photo by Victoria Siew Pei Ling

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Ovidia Yu reading from AUNTY LEE’S CHILLED REVENGE. Photo by Victoria Siew Pei Ling.

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Cy Rai — at Booktique Where Writers Shop.

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Ovidia Yu. Photo by Victoria Siew Pei Ling

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Tania De Rozario and Lydia Kwa

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Leong Liew Geok and Cy Rai. Photo by Victoria Siew Pei Ling. — at Booktique Where Writers Shop.

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Ovidia Yu reading from AUNTY LEE’S CHILLED REVENGE. Photo by Victoria Siew Pei Ling. — at Booktique Where Writers Shop.

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Cy Rai. Photo by Victoria Siew Pei Ling. — at Booktique Where Writers Shop.

 

 

SingLitFest Alum Wins English Poet Prize

Festival alum Cyril Wong co-wins the Singapore Literature Prize in the English poetry category for The Lover’s Inventory. Congratulations, Cyril!

Singapore Literature Prize hands out 24 awards to 22 authors and Wong was one of them. 

 

Read More: http://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle/singapore-literature-prize-hands-out-24-awards-22-authors

A Great Win For Sonny!

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Sonny Liew‘s graphic novel THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE wins the Singapore Literature Prize in the English fiction category. Congratulations, Sonny! On October 1, join How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean author Douglas Wolk, art historian Ying Sze Pek, cartoonist and satirist Colin Goh, and former DC comics editor Matt Humphreys in a discussion on the remarkable art behind The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. 

Read More: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/sonny-liews-the-art-of-charlie-chan-hock-chye-the-first-graphic-novel-to-win 

An Author Is Born

Festival author Naomi Jackson on the inspiration for her debut novel: “I thought that my Granny, whose spirit & magic are all over this book, would be alive to celebrate the book with me when it was done. But alas, that didn’t happen. The last time I was in Barbados, in January 2014, was to see her home. I’m dedicating these events to the memory of Oriel Loleta Brewster, an eccentric, hard-backed woman who made a way of her life out of no way.”

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A Note From Naomi Jackson:

At the risk of getting misty, I want to take a moment to say how sweet & meaningful it is to visit Barbados to launch my novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill, in the place where it is set. The book is about two Brooklyn girls who go home for the summer to see their grandmother in Barbados, not knowing where this trip will take them. I spent two months here in summer 2012 finishing a first draft of Star Side and also figuring out who I am in creative community & as an adult here, apart from my family. I thought that my Granny, whose spirit & magic are all over this book, would be alive to celebrate the book with me when it was done. But alas, that didn’t happen. The last time I was in Barbados, in January 2014, was to see her home. I’m dedicating these events to the memory of Oriel Loleta Brewster, an eccentric, hard-backed woman who made a way of her life out of no way. Bim fam, come check me at Fresh Milk Saturday, 16 July for a creative writing workshop, or Saturday, 23 July at Chattel House Books for a book club, or at the official launch with Sheena Rose & Karen Lord, Saturday, 27 July. Thanks to all the hosts, planners, my dream team Sheena Rose Lisa Harewood Shari Jackson Oyefeso. & to Jesse Hayes for his incredible design work on the promotional materials. xo

Hotel’s Review

Review of festival author Alfian Sa’at’s play HOTEL: “Even beyond SG50, our history textbooks are pretty whitewashed: we’re taught that the British were benevolent colonists, that our ancestors were hardworking immigrants, that the races were segregated to their own separate kampungs until the PAP brought them together in harmony, and that the principal heroes of our narratives are Chinese men. Even the National Heritage Board doesn’t dare to admit that Bugis Street was a transgender red-light district.

This isn’t just censorship. Effectively, it’s brain damage: a calculated attempt to rewrite our minds. But Hotel is therapy. It brings back the past—not in a teacherly way, but in the fashion of a loved one coming to us with a photo album and filling in our forgotten names and faces, joining up the dots of our family trees. We’re overwhelmed by a sense of recognition: remembering what we once knew.”

Read More: http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/…/unforgettable-stay-revie…/

Hotel by W!ld Rice

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HOTEL by festival author Alfian Sa’at receives rave reviews! Catch a glimpse of this epic play at the 2nd Singapore Lit Fest in NYC in September.

“W!ld Rice’s epic Hotel traces the hundred year history of a grand unnamed hotel in Singapore playing host to a smorgasbord of guests.

Hotel presents 11 sketches spanning 1915-2015, over 10 year gaps. Along the way, guests of all backgrounds occupy a single suite, revealing stories that are at times funny, and others deeply resonant with the present.

The room changes as the years go by, from its wallpaper (projected onto a screen), to its purposes and inhabitants. It’s one heck of a journey, and you’d be surprised just how much drama, humour and madness can take place in one hotel room.”

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A Reading Affair In Singapore

Singapore Unbound:Writing, Reading and Publishing Overseas

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Books and Co. will be featuring three well-known Singaporean authors, Alfian Sa’at, Ovidia Yu, and our very own Jee-Leong Koh, at the National Gallery museum on July 9th. The authors will read from their  works and share their experiences with overseas readers, editors, and publishers. Come support and enjoy the amazing original literature from these great writers.

Facebook: Alfian Sa’at Ovidia Yu Jee Leong Koh

Date & Location

Saturday, 9 July 2016, 7pm – 9pm

The Glassroom, National

Gallery Singapore, Supreme

Court Wing, Level 4 Mezzanine

Entry is free. Register via: http://sgunbound.peatix.com

 

SingLitFest Benefit

What A Great Night!

The benefit for the 2nd annual Singapore Literature Festival in NYC turned out to be a wonderful event. The room was filled with great talent, creative energy, and good people and food! thanks to Chef  Kho Kian Lam,winner of the Julia Child First Book Award for his book Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees, who catered the night.

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Chef Kho Kian Lam

The evening started with introductions from our very own,  Jee Leong Koh, organizer of the Singapore Literature Festival. Ken Chen, Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, gave remarks on the future collaboration with SingLitFest.

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Gina Apostol, author of the Pen Open Award-winning novel, The Gun Dealers’ Daughter, read passionately from her novel, which moved the audience. The evening was filled with great singing by Angky Budiarjono accompanied by pianist Peiharn Chen. Songs for the evening included serenade from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Pierrot’s “Tanzlied” from Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, and “Love in the Thirties” by American composer William Bolcom.

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The night would not have been complete without the amazing artists who displayed their artwork and spoke passionately about their artistic journey.

Artists

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Hong-Ling Wee- Handmade porcelain platter and peony brooch.

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Jason Wee- Archival print “Preoccupations – Butt.”

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Melinda Lauw- Carpeting techniques used to create “Tuft #1.” 

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Colin Goh – “Exercise Free Speech: Keep Talking Cock,” a print commemorating Colin and his wife’s first joint project.