PROGRAMME DETAILS

Times of Our Lives

Readings

DATE / TIME

3 Nov, Fri 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
90mins

VENUE

The Arts House, POP Stage
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FREE EVENT

LANGUAGE

This session is in English

MODERATED BY

Christine Chia

DESCRIPTION

Singapore has undergone tremendous changes over the last 52 years. Six Singaporean writers bear witness to the transformation of the country by reading selected works – their own and/or somebody else’s – which correspond to various milestones in Singapore’s modern history.

FEATURING

Theophilus Kwek has published five volumes of poetry, including The First Five Storms, which won the New Poets Prize. He previously won the Berfrois Poetry Prize, and was placed second in the Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation. His poems, translations and reviews have appeared in The Guardian, The London Magazine, The Irish Examiner, Cha, and elsewhere. He serves as co-editor of Oxford Poetry, and is also co-editor of Unfree Verse, an anthology of formal poetry from Singapore.

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Robert Yeo

Singapore

Robert Yeo has written poems, plays, and librettos for operas staged in Singapore and abroad. He received the SEA Write Award in 2011. His major publications are the collection of political plays The Singapore Trilogy (2001) and the collected poems The Best of Robert Yeo (2012). His latest book is The Eye of History (2016), a play about the imagined meeting of Stamford Raffles and Lee Kuan Yew.

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Heng Siok Tian has published five poetry collections, the latest being Mixing Tongues (2011). She was a fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program in 2000. Her short play The Lift, staged in 1991, was read at the Third International Women Playwrights’ Conference in Adelaide in 1994. Her work has appeared in more than 20 anthologies. She recently completed a commission by Singapore Teachers Academy for the Arts to compose lyrics for use as a pedagogical resource.

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Warran Kalasegaran studied politics with international studies at the University of Warwick. He graduated with a master’s of public policy from the University of Tokyo, where he wrote Lieutenant Kurosawa’s Errand Boy, his first novel. He recently started working at Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Amanda Chong

Singapore

Amanda Chong is a lawyer trained at Cambridge and Harvard, who writes poems during lunch breaks. Her first collection, Professions, was published in 2016. A winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, her poetry has been engraved on the Marina Bay Helix Bridge and included in the Cambridge International GCSE syllabus. Her creative writing has appeared in Monocle, The Straits Times and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. 

Photo credit: Ejun Low

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Tania De Rozario is a writer and visual artist whose work has been showcased around the world. Her publications include Tender Delirium (2013), shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize, and And The Walls Come Crumbling Down (2016). She won the 2011 Golden Point Award for English Poetry and runs EtiquetteSG, a multidisciplinary platform founded in 2010 to develop and showcase art, writing, film and music made by women from and in Singapore.

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