You Spin Me Right Round

You Spin Me Right Round



10 Nov, Sun 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


The Arts House, Play Den
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This session is in English


Kenneth Kwok


The 80s have made a real comeback in the work of many writers across genres and forms. Why does nostalgia have such a powerful pull? Why are we drawn to the coolness of decades past? What does this era offer writers as a creative backdrop that the present does not?

This session is made possible with the assistance of the High Commission of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Claudia Dey is the author of Heartbreaker—Paris Review Staff Pick, GOOP Book Club Pick, nominee for the Trillium Book Award—and Stunt, finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award. Dey’s writing has appeared in The Believer, Lit Hub, and The Paris Review. Called “one of the city’s most cherished writers” by Vogue, Dey lives in Toronto, Canada.

Photo credit: Norman Wong

Claudia Dey is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Yeow Kai Chai


Yeow Kai Chai is a poet, prose writer, editor and former journalist. He has been working in the media for more than two decades as a writer, editor, and reviewer. He has two poetry collections, Secret Manta and Pretend I’m Not Here. He was Festival Director of Singapore Writers festival from 2015 to 2018.

Lawrence Ypil

Philippines - Singapore

Lawrence Lacambra Ypil is a poet and essayist and is the recipient of the prestigious Ani ng Dangal award in 2019 . His latest book, The Experiment of the Tropics, was the co-winner of the inaugural Gaudy Boy Poetry Book prize and he received an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and an MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis on a Fulbright Scholarship. His work explores the intersection of text and image and examines the role of material culture in the construction of cultural memory and identity. His has received numerous awards and his forthcoming book is Ang Pagkadiskubre sa Balak (The Discovery of Poetry), a translation of his first book of poems, The Highest Hiding Place. He currently teaches creative writing at Yale-NUS College.

Lawrence Ypil is featured in the following SWF event(s):


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The Arts House, Gallery II
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