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Dome Literary Readings: Friendships

February’s Dome Literary Readings, organised by The Centre for the Arts, will explore the theme of Friendships in a one-hour session offering a tasty array of poetry, fiction and drama bites, plus creative musings of the subject by the guest writers.

The event features the following writers:

- Meira Chand

- Chris Chan

- Gwee Li Sui

- Aaron Lee

- Jean Tay

- Angeline Yap

- Yong Shu Hoong

Date & Time: 13 Feb 2004  1pm

Venue: Dome Cafè @ Kent Ridge, University Cultural Centre

Dome Literary Readings is a platform consisting of one-hour sessions offering poetry, prose or drama readings by leading personalities, established and newer writers. The series is a means of showcasing the literary arts and highlighting current creative work in poetry, fiction and drama as well as sustaining the development of a discerning interest in literature – especially Singapore writing.

About the writers:

Meira Chand, of Indian Swiss parentage, was born and educated in London. She is the author of seven novels whose themes examine the conflict of cultures. In 1962 she went to live in Japan and, except for a break of five years in India, remained there until 1997 when she moved to Singapore and now currently lives. She is an associate member of The Centre for the Arts, NUS and was recently Chairperson for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the region of South East Asia and South Pacific. She will be a Writer-in Residence at Mansfield College Oxford in 2004 and is presently working on a new novel set in Singapore.

Gwee Li Sui is the author of the graphic novel Myth of the Stone (1993) and the book of poems Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998). He lectures at the Department of English Language and Literature in the National University of Singapore.

Aaron Lee Soon Yong is a prize-winning Singaporean poet and author of a collection of poems, A Visitation of Sunlight (Ethos Books, 1997). He is also the co-editor of the landmark anthology entitled No Other City: the Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry (Ethos Books, 2000) and Love Gathers All: the Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry (Ethos Books, 2002). Lee's work has appeared in publications such as Rhythms: a Millennial Anthology of Poetry (Singapore), Papertiger (Australia) and Anglistik (Germany). In addition to promoting Singaporean poetry through his writing seminars and workshops, he works as a lawyer in the aviation industry. He will be reading a selection of published and new poems.

Jean Tay graduated in 1997 with a double-degree in creative writing and economics from Brown University, USA. For her fiction, she was awarded the Weston Prize for Fiction from Brown, as well as the 1st and 3rd prizes from the National Arts Council's (NAC) Golden Point Short Story competition in 1995 and 2001 respectively. Her plays have been produced in festivals in the US and in Singapore. They include Plunge, Hopper's Women (co-written with Cindy Koh), Water from the Well, and The Knot.

Angeline Yap  has been contributing poetry to various publications such as  More Than Half the Sky,  Love Gathers All (Ethos Books, Singapore & Anvil Publishing, Manila), the Atlanta Review (USA), the Quarterly Literary Review, (Singapore) and the inaugural issue of Fulcrum (Cambridge, Massachussets, USA).  Her poems have been translated into Tamil and Mandarin, and set to music for performance by choirs in Singapore and overseas. She has also mentored young writers through the Creative Arts Programme (NUS and Gifted Education Programme, Ministry of Education) and the NAC's Mentor Access Project, as well as through school visits.

Yong Shu Hoong is the author of two books of poetry – Isaac, which was adapted from a collection short listed for the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize; and his latest, dowhile (read as "do-while"). For almost three years running, he organises the monthly subTEXT reading, first at the Gallery Hotel and currently at The Book Café. He has been invited to readings and literary festivals held in Hong Kong, Australia, the UK and the US.

Chris Chan's biolography is not available.

Content Contributor: The Centre for the Arts, NUS

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