Literature and the Pioneering Women
DATE / TIME
10 Nov, Sun
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
VENUEThe Arts House, Play Den
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Festival Pass Event
This session is in English
How do the disparate genres of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction complement each other in giving readers a better understanding of our history? Three authors who have written about the lives of women in early 20th century Singapore discuss their chosen genres and how they offer specific possibilities in talking about the past and its contributions to the present.
Charmaine Leung is a Singaporean writer who has lived in Hong Kong for 15 years. Her writing focuses on human relationships, and the dynamics of changing social relations. 17A Keong Saik Road, a creative non-fiction book, is Charmaine’s first published book. The book was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2018, and has been featured extensively by both the English and Chinese media since its launch in May 2017. Charmaine also anchored Mediacorp’s Tuesday Report documentary on Chinatown and Keong Saik, and was a panelist on ‘Women In Singapore’s History’ at the SWF 2017.
Photo credit: Eddie Tang
Adeline Foo started her writing career with children’s books, which have won awards. Her books have been sold in Singapore and countries such as India, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia. TV series like 'Scrum Tigers’, 'The Last Madame' and ‘On The Red Dot’ are among her screenwriting credits, while The Lancing Girls of a Happy World is her first non-fiction book for adults.
Suchen Christine Lim
Suchen Christine Lim’s work includes The River’s Song, The Man Who Wore His Wife’s Sarong, Fistful Of Colours, A Bit Of Earth, Rice Bowl, and Lies That Build A Marriage. Inaugural winner of the Singapore Literature Prize, she was awarded the Southeast Asia Write Award in 2012. The River’s Song was chosen “100 Best Books of 2015” by Kirkus Reviews (USA) and was Book of the Month in The Sunday Times.
Photo credit: Thomas Langdon