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25 August 2019

We interview pianist Wong Yun Qi and writer Agnes Chew as they talk about their upcoming multidisciplinary concert that blends a series of solo piano pieces with excerpts from Agnes’ book, ‘The Desire for Elsewhere.’ The text set the broad context for the performance by asking questions and provoking thoughts while the music opens a space for personal interpretation, evoking emotions and memories buried deep within us.


100 Word Stories


18 Sept 2019

And it’s Grandpa’s turn to bowl at the local Super(market) Bowl. His face is a mask of concentration as he rolls up to the line, aided by his helper, Ning, who oiled his wheels last night.

Grandpa is rolling a medium coconut down the canned food and condiments aisle. He’s going to try to take down a school of sardine cans.

The coconut is checked before he makes his shot in case it is too old and has dried out.

Winners will compete in the island-wide final, fighting for the grand prize of a turkey stuffed with ten dollar bills.

100 Word Stories is a weekly series featuring flash fiction by Mackerel and photographs by Daniel Tan.


Photo courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.

tiong bahru book club

The Tiong Bahru Book Club returns on 21 August with a gripping post-apocalyptic novel, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. Click here for more details.


The Merlion isn’t spitting. / It is showing that / there are as many ways to speak

In this conversation with Hamid Roslan and Lee Wei Fen, language will be taken apart, scrutinised and studied for its associations with personhood and cultural identity.

About the book:
parsetreeforestfire by Hamid Roslan is a bilingual book of poetry in which poems in Singlish occupy one side of the book, and poems in English on the other.



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