Category Archives: Literature & Criticism

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

Folding & Unfolding a City

Having visited Japan several times before, I tend to think of the capital, Tokyo, as an origami (折り紙) work. From a distance, she is elegant; on closer inspection, opaque and even impenetrable. Yet, it is only when one ventures to

Folding & Unfolding a City

Having visited Japan several times before, I tend to think of the capital, Tokyo, as an origami (折り紙) work. From a distance, she is elegant; on closer inspection, opaque and even impenetrable. Yet, it is only when one ventures to

Transnational Chinese Cinema

Chinese cinema has a history that has stretched beyond a century, yet film scholarship in this field has only begun to flourish in the past two decades. The complexity of “Chinese cinema” is perhaps the foremost reason for this torpid

Transnational Chinese Cinema

Chinese cinema has a history that has stretched beyond a century, yet film scholarship in this field has only begun to flourish in the past two decades. The complexity of “Chinese cinema” is perhaps the foremost reason for this torpid

Listening to — notes on a song

I Three conversations. With pairs who appear to be speaking to — duos dueling — rather than with. Even if they might well be attempting to; perhaps especially as they are trying particularly hard to. A triptych — of cacaphony,

Listening to — notes on a song

I Three conversations. With pairs who appear to be speaking to — duos dueling — rather than with. Even if they might well be attempting to; perhaps especially as they are trying particularly hard to. A triptych — of cacaphony,