The Absurd, the Mundane and Everything in Between

The Absurd, the Mundane and Everything in Between



2 Nov, Sat 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM


The Arts House, Living Room
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This session is in English


Kristina Tom


How do we make art from arbitrary, absurd, and mundane moments in life? Can boredom be interesting? Three writers interrogate the humdrum weave of the every day and discuss how they have incorporated such moments to craft narratives that reveal poignant truths about the human experience.

This session is made possible with the assistance of Literature Across Frontiers.


Barrie Sherwood

Hong Kong - Singapore

A native of Hong Kong, Barrie lived in Canada, Japan, and the UK before moving to Singapore in 2013. He is the author of The Pillow Book of Lady Kasa (DC Books), Escape from Amsterdam (Granta), and The Angel Tiger and Other Stories (Epigram). He is assistant professor in the School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University.

Photo credit: Boey Kim Cheng

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Selja Ahava is a fiction author and scriptwriter from Finland. Her novel Things that Fall from the Sky explores the unexpected and inexplicable nature of reality. It won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2016, and its translation rights have been sold to 18 territories. Ahava’s auto fictional novel Before my Husband Disappears came out in 2017. She is currently working on her fourth novel that examines metamorphoses, both in insect life and in the lives of fictional characters.

Photo credit: Liisa Valonen

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Jason Erik Lundberg

US - Singapore

Jason Erik Lundberg was born in New York, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author and anthologist of over 20 books, including Diary of One Who Disappeared, Most Excellent and Lamentable, and Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Four. His writing has been anthologised widely and translated into half a dozen languages.

Photo credit: Mindy Tan Photography

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