Category Archives: Literature & Criticism

Giving Ground

  Theophilus Kwek’s 2011 debut, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue, had announced the arrival of a unique and authentic voice who wrote beyond the usual tropes that have come to be identified with Singaporean writing: identity, memory, nostalgia, victimhood,

Giving Ground

  Theophilus Kwek’s 2011 debut, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue, had announced the arrival of a unique and authentic voice who wrote beyond the usual tropes that have come to be identified with Singaporean writing: identity, memory, nostalgia, victimhood,

Feature: Swamp Vignette

Swamp Vignette is a floating piece, quite appropriately following ancient poets’ paths of wandering. Swamp Vignette is floating a bit further ahead, outside of the current literary consumer world, where a book is “a written text that can be published

Feature: Swamp Vignette

Swamp Vignette is a floating piece, quite appropriately following ancient poets’ paths of wandering. Swamp Vignette is floating a bit further ahead, outside of the current literary consumer world, where a book is “a written text that can be published

The Art of Writing Art

Writing Art breaks rules: rules of writing; rules of book layout; rules of what an academic is supposed to do with her/his topic. If you leaf through the book, your gaze will catch that the structure of the paragraph layout

The Art of Writing Art

Writing Art breaks rules: rules of writing; rules of book layout; rules of what an academic is supposed to do with her/his topic. If you leaf through the book, your gaze will catch that the structure of the paragraph layout

Dermot Healy: Fighting with Shadows; Collected Short Stories

    The recent re-publication of Dermot Healy’s first novel, as well as a collection, for the first time, of all his short stories – both by Dalkey Archive – make a suitable tribute to the author, who passed away

Dermot Healy: Fighting with Shadows; Collected Short Stories

    The recent re-publication of Dermot Healy’s first novel, as well as a collection, for the first time, of all his short stories – both by Dalkey Archive – make a suitable tribute to the author, who passed away

Me Migrant

  The first two instalments of the Migrant Workers’ Poetry Competition, held in 2014 and 2015, have brought into focus an entire community of writers who previously escaped the attentions of Singapore’s wider reading public.  The Competition represents an essential

Me Migrant

  The first two instalments of the Migrant Workers’ Poetry Competition, held in 2014 and 2015, have brought into focus an entire community of writers who previously escaped the attentions of Singapore’s wider reading public.  The Competition represents an essential

Why you should read: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Sitting with a cup of coffee and some Major cigarettes, freshly arrived from Ireland via my parents’ duty-free allowance, on a bright, unhot, August morning in 2015, 60 miles east of Manhattan, on Long Island. I was all-set to begin

Why you should read: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Sitting with a cup of coffee and some Major cigarettes, freshly arrived from Ireland via my parents’ duty-free allowance, on a bright, unhot, August morning in 2015, 60 miles east of Manhattan, on Long Island. I was all-set to begin

Between Word and World

With these new collections, 2015 has proven a particularly rich year for poets writing against the geographically and culturally Anglo-Saxon grain of the English language. All three poets slip between loved languages, confronting readers of British poetry not only with

Between Word and World

With these new collections, 2015 has proven a particularly rich year for poets writing against the geographically and culturally Anglo-Saxon grain of the English language. All three poets slip between loved languages, confronting readers of British poetry not only with