We're honoured to have some of Singapore's literary aficionados reviewing books for us. We all love a good read and what better way to share the joys of one than through a review? That said, we also value the significance and importance of a bad read, so you might find some shockers here. Ah, how we love floating in this sea of subjectivity!
Theophilus Kwek is a writer and researcher based in Singapore. Having recently completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, he has written about migration and other social issues for IRIN, The Diplomat, South China Morning Post, and the Singapore Policy Journal. Other poems, translations, and essays have appeared in The Guardian, The Philosophical Salon, EuropeNow, and The London Magazine. He serves as Co-Editor of Oxford Poetry.
Ruth Tang writes poetry and plays. Her poems have appeared in the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. Her other preoccupations include bargain basement books, non-musical theatre, and an awful sense of foreboding about the future.
Tse Hao Guang is the author of Deeds of Light (2015 Math Paper Press), shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. He co-edits literary journal OF ZOOS and online portal poetry.sg. He is a 2016 fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
Someone once told Wong Wen Pu that only the loneliest, most miserable of people, lived in lighthouses. Wen Pu wishes he lived in a lighthouse.
Olivia Djawoto is still very much a neophyte in the literary world, but she hopes that pursuing an M.A. in English Literature will help make up for lost time. Quite often however, she can't help but fantasize about being a pro ice hockey player on the Boston Bruins.
Salome Choa writes about small things in her Muji notebook, and reads about small lives in everything. In between the cycles of laundry she does for her family of seven, Salome tries to think about her role in the cosmos, but inevitably turns to Netflix (no chill).