Creative Work Database
Listing of creative work related to Singapore.
Our new Creative Work database is a repository for literary and dramatic works related to Singapore which are written by FASS Faculty and Students, past and present. The contents of this work-in-progress call on the theories and techniques taught and researched at FASS. Some of the creative work links to a sample of the original text. Research is also ongoing and the database will grow as we continue to update it. Items with the symbol “i” indicate that an abstract is available.
To search more effectively, please use the MLA or APA citation style which uses the author’s last name and initials.
421.The Last Immigrant, Epigram Books, 2016i<x By the author of Playing Madame Mao, hailed by Time magazine as "one of the best novels ever written about Singapore". Ismael, a transplanted Singaporean, lives on a bucolic suburban Brisbane street. His job is to decide whether asylum-seekers get to stay in the country, a dilemma that never fails to remind him of his own immigrant status. But then his life begins to take on the hue of a nightmare: his neighbour inexplicably commits suicide, his wife dies of cancer, his daughter abandons him for the United States, and his Siamese cat goes missing. In Lau Siew Mei’s new novel, an enclosed Australian neighbourhood becomes a microcosm of a world increasingly hostile towards migrants.Languages: EnglishDepartments: English Language and Literature, PhilosophyCategories: Novel
422.Gwee Li Sui | Haikuku, Singapore: Landmark Books, 2017, Print.i<x This volume could well be subtitled the social history of Singapore in 120 haiku. There are haiku about MRT breakdown, rat infestation, haze, 377A, hungry ghosts and cavorting community cats. There are also those of matters of socio-political import: 2011 GE, population management, personal data protection, leadership renewal and compassionate meritocracy. Gwee adds to his army haiku that won prizes from the SAF with others of a military theme in Purple Light and Tekong diarrhea. Then there are newsy haiku reporting on NIMBY, the royal visit, that Holland V bank robbery plus The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. He does not forget the newsmakers either – the otters, the Little India Riot hero, A-Mei, Subhas Anandan, Phey Yew Kok, Joseph Schooling and that si geena who shall not be named. Also remembered is our dear Ah Kong in a pair of death anniversary haiku, and a sad one about the empty parade chair. There are haiku about our places we love, the hawker centre, cenotaph, kopitiam, Sungei Road, Singapore River.... This is book of haiku, backed by a nation-wide haiku writing contest, for every Singaporean – kuku or not.Languages: EnglishDepartments: English Language and LiteratureCategories: Creative Works Category, Poetry
423.Army Daze 2, Singapore Street Festival, Drama Centre Theatre, 4-20 Aug 2017, Stage Production.i<x This sequel to Army Daze, Singapore’s best-loved comedy, is finally here! The all-new comedy catches up with Malcolm Png three decades later: our mummy’s boy is now an SAF regular, serving as Director of Public Affairs. When his son Justin enters national service, it brings back vivid memories of his own experience. And what of his best buds from Hotel Company, 1987? Teo Ah Beng is now an entrepreneur, while Johari Salleh runs a fast-food chain serving ayam penyet. Style-meister Kenny Pereira has become a sought-after interior designer, and former slacker Krishnamoorthi is now a successful architect. The five meet up after three decades for an unforgettable get-together, filled with hilarious surprises. Even after 30 years, the spectre of CPL Ong continues to haunt them, appearing at (disturbingly) regular intervals of the story. Running parallel with Malcolm’s story are the adventures of his son Justin and his BMT mates Donovan, Zai and Kuan Yew. Adding spark is Renee, the spunky girl they all wanna call their own. While Malcolm and friends confront mid-life crises, son Justin and gang cope with the romantic confusions – what would life be without mayhem, melodrama and music? Featuring a brand new script by playwright Michael Chiang, Army Daze 2 will be directed by Beatrice Chia-Richmond and showcase original songs by Don Richmond. All three worked on the 25th anniversary production of Army Daze (2012, 2013).Departments: Chinese Studies, English Language and Literature, PhilosophyCategories: Play
424.What I Love About You Is Your Attitude Problem, Checkpoint Theatre, The Arts House, 6-7 Nov 2015. Site-specific Production.i<x Checkpoint Theatre presents an exciting series of 24 text-based performance events over 12 hours. From dusk on Friday, 6 November, to dawn on Saturday, 7 November, The Arts House will be transformed into an edgy celebration of words and the human connection. Curated by Huzir Sulaiman, ‘What I Love about You is Your Attitude Problem’ features new and specially commissioned works of Singapore drama, poetry, songwriting and prose, alongside musical performances and visual arts exhibitions. It illuminates the journey of the self, and all its challenges and pleasures. Happiness, desire, adventure, the comforts of friendship and the complexity of family – this is what long nights were made for. FEATURING Meira Chand, Huzir Sulaiman, Jimmy Ong, Claire Wong, Nessa Anwar, Raimi Safari, Fahmy Riza, Yusuf Haron, Alvin Lim, Faith Ng, Chen Yingxuan, .gif, ila, Kiat, Intriguant, Philip Jeyaretnam, Lucas Ho, Jennifer Anne Champion, Cyril Wong, Shah Tahir, Kenny Leck, Lim Yu-Beng, Farish Noor, Pooja Nansi, Joel Tan, Shiv Tandan, Oon Shu An, Yazid Jalil, Al-Matin Yatim, Chang Ting Wei, Joses Ho, Isabelle Desjeux, Zakaria Zainal, Becca D’Bus, Brendon Fernandez, Luke Vijay Somasundram, Kailin YongDepartments: English Language and LiteratureCategories: Site-specific Work