Singapore Hot Takes

Contemporary writers from Singapore look at issues like craft, reading, influence, community, and ethics.

"I want to write novels that the teenage me wished had existed..."
"I remember clearly my mother bringing me and my sister to the public library quite often, and nearly every time I exited with an armload of new books."
"Reading for me was very private, the most real of realities but impossible to truly discuss with people around me..."
"I came to write because no other thing came to me quite as easily or willingly or honestly."
"This idea of liminality, of negotiating and mapping spaces between Singapore and Australia, between home and elsewhere, is something that has given me a new direction and focus..."
"Over time, I began to return to my cultural roots and my writing evolved to be a way to explore and critically examine my immediate social realities..."
"Translation is a work of art and a labour of love."
"What I’ve learned to do is turn down the volume on that voice, so that it is soft enough to not undermine me, but loud enough to keep me critical of my own work."
"In time, more and more poets have started to write more honestly and poignantly about their own lives. I hope this means that the ecosystem here has become more diverse."
"A lightbulb moment I must have had at an early age was looking at a book and thinking, “I can do this too.”"
"Literature is a door. Not one a carpenter gathers wood for, but one that writers screw into your head, as you read by your easy chair or bed."
"It is possible that writing has to be something in you like breathing because that may be what it takes for you to keep doing it and to persevere in sending out your work for publication."
A black and white edit of two portraits. One is of Roanna and one is of Chris
Dec
14
Roanna and Chris will discuss writing practice, difficulties encountered in the literary world, what it means to write about tolerance and intolerance while breaking out of the dominant narrative, and much more. Book Online
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Mar
7
Reading Your Writing is a workshop to help you overcome the nerves of reading your work to an audience. Book Online
A portrait of a woman smiling.
Dec
15
This full-day workshop will focus on the craft of writing, self-care, and the literary industry. Book Online
An illustration of a durian fruit
Jan
15
Join us to discuss selected works by Indonesian writers and think about our relationships with Australia's close northern neighbour. Book Online
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