Diversity, Community & The Ways in Which Words Can Save Us

During the discussion panel on 'Why Diversity Matters in YA Fiction' at the Singapore Writers Festival this year, Nicola Yoon, author of 'Everything Everything', mentioned, Diversity is a personal thing - growing up, I didn't see myself in a book. It's always a white leading character. Diversity is not politics, but it becomes it. Now … Continue reading Diversity, Community & The Ways in Which Words Can Save Us

Pilgrimage by Isa Kamari

What I find unique about this book of poems is that it's bilingual - the English translation of the puisi (poem in Malay) is available right beside. I enjoy reading some of the puisi about Umrah (or lesser pilgrimage), some of which I resonate with, but I must admit that the English translations for some of it is underwhelming - … Continue reading Pilgrimage by Isa Kamari

Who Wants to Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems? by Gwee Li Sui

One word: hilarious, lah! Okay fine, two words. Okay 'lah' is technically not a word it's a sentence particle but anyway. Point is. Gwee weaves Singlish in his poetry so tastefully and humorously I couldn't help but laugh at the turn of almost every page. So relatable and funny! I've read One Thousand and One Nights by him … Continue reading Who Wants to Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems? by Gwee Li Sui