It’s not a bad life, just a bad day. Or least that’s what we’ve been telling ourselves since January. When it’s November and life still isn’t going your way, do you go for a massage, get an ice cream, or wallow in self-pity? Just when we thought we’ve seen it all, four authors discuss the trope of hardship in their work, and how we can get to the light at the end of the tunnel... in due course.
Writers / Presenters
Suchen Christine Lim’s novels on the inner lives of unsung Singaporeans from evicted vendors and migrants to women struggling for independence have won her the Southeast Asia Write Award & the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize. Her latest novel, Dearest Intimate, is about domestic violence, family, sisterhood and Cantonese Opera.
Sebastian Sim was born in Singapore one year after its independence. He has tried his hand at diverse industries: bartender, fast food outlet manager, insurance salesman, prison officer, casino croupier. To date, he has published three Chinese and three English novels, two of which won the Epigram Books Fiction Prize.
Nisha is an ex-schoolteacher-turned-author who is also a private tutor. She enjoys driving, exploring her neighbourhood with her Cavachon Molly and catching up on EPL matches during meals. She lives with her children who like comparing her runs to their strolls. She loves them on most days.
Jon Gresham is the author of The Chronicles of Gus (Longlisted for the 2023 Epigram Books Fiction Prize) and We Rose Up Slowly (Math Paper Press 2015). His writing has appeared in various publications and his story 'The Visit' was shortlisted for the 2020 Short Fiction/Essex University Prize. He also co-edited In This Desert There Were Seeds (Ethos Books and Margaret River Press, 2019.
He currently runs the Asia Creative Writing Programme, a collaboration between The School of Humanities at the Nanyang Technological University, and the Singapore National Arts Council. He is a co-founder of Sing Lit Station, and founded Book A Writer.