"That Old Bloke from Singapore": Young Eurasian Writers respond to Rex Shelley

"That Old Bloke from Singapore": Young Eurasian Writers respond to Rex Shelley



2 Nov, Sat 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


The Arts House, Gallery II
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Free Event


This session is in English


Rex Shelley's legacy was his archival of the Eurasian community in Singaporean Literature. We ask young Eurasian voices in the literary scene to consider how their work relates, responds to, or deviates from Rex Shelley's. This session involves short readings from each writer followed by a conversation and Q&A.

The Literary Pioneer programme is produced by The Arts House.


Charlene Shepherdson is a poet and community organiser focused on language in written, performative, and visual forms. She is interested in heritage, technology and creative education. Her words have been published in From Walden to Woodlands, UnFree Verse (Ethos Books), A Luxury We Cannot Afford, SingPoWriMo 2014: The Anthology (Math Paper Press), and The Straits Times. Her visual poetry has been displayed in The Arts House, The Substation, and in Singapore libraries under the National Art Council’s Project LAVA.

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Charlene Shepherdson is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Crispin Rodrigues’ poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction have appeared in Kepulauan, From Walden to Woodlands, A Luxury We Must Afford, and more, along with online journals such as The Kindling, The Tiger Moth Review and SOFTBLOW. He is the author of two poetry collections, Pantomime and The Nomad Principle, both published by Math Paper Press. He is currently working on his third poetry collection as well as an online anthology of poems and flash fiction about Yishun.

Photo credit: Jared Ho

Crispin Rodrigues is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Wesley is a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts and a discipline defying artist with 13 Little Pictures. With works spanning from theatre, film to the literary arts. Wesley is the author of Bedok Reservoir (Math Paper Press, 2012) which was also staged at the Goodman Arts Centre and I want to Go Home (Math Paper Press, 2018) which was nominated for the Mecenat Award at the Busan International Film Festival.

Andre D’Rozario is a Eurasian of Portuguese and Dutch descent, with a passion for art, illustration, animation and storytelling. He was the Art Director for Ila-Ila di Sul (The Southern Islands), the first professionally-developed, bilingual Kristang-English board game by Kodrah Kristang. He is currently working on a Kristang comic under The Futures of Our Past: Histories Reimagined, a grant and festival organized by Yale-NUS. He hopes to create new media and stories for the language and the community in the future, and currently supports and fronts Kodrah Kristang’s Level 1 and 2 classes.

Photo credit: Arun Kumar


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