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Equatorial Calm: A Haiku Anthology

Equatorial Calm: A Haiku Anthology

 by Bryant, Shelly

In early 2016, Resorts World Sentosa hosted ten Singapore poets at the SEA Aquarium, inviting them to write a series of haiku, a popular poetry form rooted in classical Japanese poetry, in response to the exhibits the group visited. The reflections of those poets are recorded in three languages (English, Mandarin, and Japanese) in Equatorial Calm, the first poetry anthology to include these three languages in Singapore's publishing history. Each poet has contributed eight pieces to the anthology, which are accompanied by the artwork of Namiko Takahashi Chan-Lee.


Lao Da Sui Bi Ji (1990 - 2015)

 by Han Laoda

This is a collection of thoughtful essays in Chinese, by Cultural Medallion winner Han Lao Da on a range of topics related to arts and culture in Singapore. While the work touches on various aspects of the arts, as one of the leading cross-talk artists in the region, Han also writes about his experiences in this regard, including his interactions with noted foreign and local practitioners. One sees that cross-talk is not only a performance art but also a literary art. This book is not only a record of developments but also provides a valuable insight into the mind of one of the leading artists in Singapore.


Lao Da Sui Bi Ji (1990 - 2015)

Mosquitos And Singapore

Mosquitos And Singapore

 by Wilkins, Ted

This memoir covers the three years in the 1950s during which a young RAF serviceman was called up for National Service and based in Singapore for a tour of duty in 81 Photographic Squadron at Seletar Airbase. Based on diaries, notes and letters, Ted Wilkins describes life in the Squadron and the aerial survey work concerning the "terrorists" during the Malayan Emergency. Through these pages, the author warmly describes how he embraced the customs and livelihoods of Singapore's pleasant, always-smiling people, bringing to life all the excitement of exploring a new and fascinating country, so far removed from the author's previous country life in the UK. The climate, the people, all the hustle and bustle, the flowers, the clothes and colours of this "magical glamorous island" are all lovingly captured.


Azalea Dreams, Bamboo Lives

 by Wee Kiat

Azalea Dreams, Bamboo Lives tells the story of Siok Yi and Kok Wah, who grew up amidst the promise of a new China on Gulangyu island during the tumultuous years of the Chinese civil war. Condemned and persecuted for living their ideals, they elope to the colony of Singapore, hoping to build a new world for themselves. Haunted by the ghosts they left behind and faced with the same challenges they thought they had escaped, they find themselves caught in a web of intrigue and deceit, as they struggle to keep their dreams and love alive in a world at war. This sweeping work of historical fiction brings alive the emotions of that turbulent era, when great powers and ideologies tussled for control, inflicting unimaginable costs on the denizens of a Singapore slowly moving towards independence.


Azalea Dreams, Bamboo Lives

Hallucinations

Hallucinations

 by Loo, Jane

Brutally honest half truths and fabricated half lies. This is a book about madness and staying alive. The author is not afraid to serve ugly - on a silver platter and break boundaries by spilling poetry wrapped around the ideas of lust, loss and flight. Enter the heads of the pathological liar, the coward, the science experiment, the hopeless romantic and everyone else caught in between. The poems may poison, it may pollute, it may open new wounds and rub salt into old ones but it promises to paint and to only paint vividly, many provoking and beautiful imagery.


In The Wake Of Terror

 by Puthucheary, Rosaly

In the Wake of Terror is a thought-provoking narrative of a 25-year-old immigrant, Li Mei, a medical doctor and writer, in search of a new identity in a politically awakened Singapore in the fifties. The novel dramatises the crucial years just before the People's Action Party comes into power, and examines how a doctor, wife of a police officer, is forced to become aware of the unnamed feelings in the substratum of her being in the city. The story is woven into the fabric of a society suffering from the aftermath of terror.


In The Wake Of Terror

Who Let In The Sky? A Son's Tribute To His Father Goh Poh Seng's Courageous Struggle With Parkinson's Disease

Who Let In The Sky? A Son's Tribute To His Father Goh Poh Seng's Courageous Struggle With Parkinson's Disease

 by Goh, Kagan

Who Let in the Sky? is a family memoir about a son's relationship with his father, lately Canadian and erstwhile Singaporean "literary pioneer" poet, novelist and playwright, Goh Poh Seng, who struggled with Parkinson's disease during the last 15 years of his life until his untimely death in 2010. Kagan Goh pays tribute to his father's courage, his lust for life and his sheer will to survive against all odds. Goh Poh Seng, even in the face of death, was indeed a man drunk on the rage of being alive.


Psle: Survival Guide For The Family

 by Ng Pan Wei

PSLE is an important milestone in a child's life. But the experience can be a life-changing one for the whole family as well. This narrative of how Joey Tan and his family survived PSLE is a must-have guide for all families. Their experiences and the hard truths they learnt are useful for both parents and children alike. There are tips on motivating the child, systematically analysing weaknesses and strengths, how to prepare for the individual titles, and how to select a secondary school. Packed with humour and practical strategies and tips, this will be essential reading for any parents with children taking PSLE soon!


Psle: Survival Guide For The Family

Growing Carnivorous Plants In The Tropics

Growing Carnivorous Plants In The Tropics

 by Chiang Lih Pyng, Cindy

Gathering together information and years of hands-on experience into a single book, Growing Carnivorous Plants in the Tropics provides friendly and detailed help on all aspects of growing carnivorous plants in tropical conditions similar to Singapore. The book covers case studies for growing carnivorous plants under different environments, including outdoors, indoors, and balconies; cultivation of challenging temperate carnivorous plants, such as highland species, in extreme lowland conditions with little temperature fluctuation; and information on different genera of carnivorous plants and essential knowledge on growing and propagating them. With index.


Your Singapore Through Their Eyes 2009

 by Wong, Jean; Jesslene Lee Et Al (Eds.)

Presenting and representing Singapore, these little snippets of our nation, as seen through the eyes of our youths, are gathered together in this anthology to form a beautiful mural depicting Singapore. Filled with insightful thoughts and nostalgic memories, this anthology articulates young Singaporeans' ideals and showcases a vibrant image of our nation.


Your Singapore Through Their Eyes 2009

Tessellated Path, The

Tessellated Path, The

 by Puthucheary, Rosaly

Set in the background of Singapore's struggle for independence, the narrative explores the notion of predestination. Determined to live a life far removed from that of her mother's and grandmother's, the protagonist, Lisa, sets off on her own to discover a life beyond her comfort zone. In this journey of discovery, she is wrenched from her traditional mode of thinking as she confronts betrayal, homosexuality, wife-battering, murder, suicide, fraud and lechery. Interwoven with these are the historical moments which shaped the development of Singapore from a British Crown Colony to an independent nation. Although the narrative is rooted in autobiographical parallels and details, the portrayal of characters and dialogues are fictitious. In The Tessellated Path, Rosaly Puthucheary has constructed an engrossing tale with allusions to the myths and legends of this region. The Vedic astrological sign, the Dragon's Tail, which hangs like a hostile force over the protagonist, becomes a metaphor for the unknown forces she must encounter to finally reach her destiny.


Your Singapore Through Their Eyes

 by Li Xuanrui Clara; Ee Feng Hui Dileen Et Al (Ed.)

This is an anthology of works submitted by local youths for "Your Singapore Through Their Eyes: A Literary Competition", a writing test organised by a group of four girls from Nanyang Girls' High School in 2008. The kaleidoscope of vibrant young voices in these works reveals the different aspects of Singapore life, the seldom-heard perspectives of Singaporean youths. Ranging from beautiful musings to reflective essays, from critical complaints to patriotic declarations, this collection reflects the young Singapore spirit. Published with the support of Nexus and the National Youth Achievement Award Council, this book is not for sale.


Your Singapore Through Their Eyes