Writing Home: Women's Narratives About Place

Writing Home: Women's Narratives About Place



2 Nov, Sat 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium
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This session is in English


Regina De Rozario


‘Home’ - be it a specific dwelling, neighbourhood or an entire city, is more than a physical space, it is an emotional place constructed through ritual and remembering. Join Charmaine Leung, Hidayah Amin and Regina De Rozario as they discuss their perspectives on revisiting their childhood spaces and writing about home.

This session is part of the Architectural Heritage Season, a month-long programme organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority with support from community partners.


Hidayah Amin


Hidayah Amin (also known as Cik Idah) is a daughter of Kampong Gelam in Singapore, and accidental publisher at Helang Books. Her first short story was published when she was 11 years old. When the Singapore government compulsorily acquired her childhood home, Hidayah resumed writing and published Gedung Kuning: Memories of a Malay Childhood. Her first children’s picture book The Mango Tree is the co-winner of the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2015. Some of Hidayah’s books have also been shortlisted for various literary awards. Hidayah has written six non-fiction books and seven children’s picture books since 2010.

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

Charmaine Leung is featured in the following SWF event(s):