There will be a book launch on Friday (May 21, 2010) at Select Books for Footfalls Echo in the Memory: A Life with the Colonial Education Service and the British Council in Asia by Verner Bickley, formerly of Raffles Institution, the (then) Singapore Teachers' Training College and the British Council.
Verner Bickley, after the University of Cardiff and service in the Royal Navy in India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), joined the British Colonial Service and served as an Education Officer in Singapore before joining the British Council in Burma and Indonesia. He later returned to the Overseas Service as Director of the Hong Kong Government's Institute of Language. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong and Chairman of the English-Speaking Union, Hong Kong.
Bickley's service was set against a backdrop of political turbulence after World War II, colonial independence movements and the emergence of Japan as an economic powerhouse. This personal account of his career is enlivened by a succession of meetings with diverse personalities, including royalty, British and Thai, as well as writers like Anthony Burgess, Graham Greene and Willis Hall and actors such as Donald Sinden, Patrick Stewart and Max Adrian.
Verner Bickley shows how cultural values were uppermost and important in themselves though the medium of the near-universal English language, and vital for technical training.
Date: Friday, May 21, 2010
Place: Select Books, Tanglin Shopping Centre