Select Books is pleased to invite you to a Talk and Book Reading on the Balik Kampung series of short story anthologies with Verena Tay, Gwee Li Sui, Joshua Ip and Ann Ang on Saturday, November 30 2013 at 2:30pm.
Perspectives of Home: The Balik Kampung Stories (2012-2013)
In the Balik Kampung series of short story anthologies published by Math Paper Press, each contributor writes from his/her perspective of having lived in a particular district of Singapore for at least 10 years.
Come listen to the series editor, Verena Tay, as she shares her experience of curating these stories and highlights the rich social themes emerging from the three books thus far.
Also present will be Gwee Li Sui, Joshua Ip and Ann Ang who will read from their respective Balik Kampung stories.
About the Speakers
After twenty-five years of theatre-making and three published collections of plays, Verena Tay (www.verenatay.com) now deals with fiction. During 2012, she edited the original Balik Kampung anthology and A Monsoon Feast, as well as published her first collection of short stories, Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light. In 2013, she edited Balik Kampung 2A: People and Places and Balik Kampung 2B: Contemplations.
Gwee Li Sui writes essays, poems, comics, and now stories. He published Singapore’s first comic-book novel, Myth of the Stone, in 1993 (which has just been re-published in 2013) and a volume of humorous verse, Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?, in 1998. A familiar name in Singapore’s literary scene, he has written articles on a wide range of cultural subjects and edited Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature II (2009), Telltale: Eleven Stories (2010), and Man/Born/Free: Writings on the Human Spirit from Singapore (2011).
Joshua Ip’s first poetry collection, sonnets from the singlish, was published by Math Paper Press in 2012. His second collection, making love with scrabble tiles, has just been released in 2013. His work has appeared in numerous online journals and print anthologies including No Other City (Ethos Books, 2000), onewinged (Creative Arts Programme Alumni, 2001) and Peregrine (University of Pennsylvania, 2006).
Ann Ang’s poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Eclectica Magazine, Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore, Poskod, Kartika Review, The Common and elsewhere. Her first collection of short stories, Bang My Car (Math Paper Press, 2012), was launched at the Singapore Writers’ Festival 2012. An avid birdwatcher, she is an educator with the Academy of Singapore Teachers.
Saturday, 30th November 2013, 2:30pm
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319