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READING: New Work from the Image-Symbol Department

  • BooksActually 9 Yong Siak Street Singapore, 168645 Singapore

BooksActually presents a preview of new work by members of the Image-Symbol Department, a young poets' collective founded in 2014.

Taking place on 16 Oct, 4pm, the lighthearted and informal preview will comprise of an unmoderated reading and a Q&A, featuring five members of the Image-Symbol Department: Jennifer Anne Champion (A History of Clocks, Caterwaul), Amanda Chong (Professions), Samuel Lee (A Field Guide to Supermarkets in Singapore), Daryl Lim Wei Jie (A Book of Changes) and Daryl Qilin Yam (Kappa Quartet).

With new books and debut titles officially launching at the Singapore Writers Festival this year, come for a taste of what to expect from these five distinct writers, each vying to have their voice heard in the local literary scene.

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JENNIFER ANNE CHAMPION is a writer and performance poet. She has been described by Juice Magazine as gifted with “swift, animated style”. Champion has also performed her work in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Israel. In 2015, she released her first solo work of poetry – "A History of Clocks" (Redwheelbarrow Books, 2015). “Caterwaul" is forthcoming from Math Paper Press in 2016.

AMANDA CHONG is a lawyer trained in Cambridge and Harvard, who writes poems on her lunch breaks. A winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, her poetry has been engraved on the Marina Bay Helix Bridge and included in the Cambridge International GCSE syllabus. Her writing has appeared in Monocle, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Straits Times and QLRS. Her first collection of poems, “Professions", is forthcoming from Math Paper Press in 2016. 

SAMUEL LEE is an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. His writing has been published in "A Luxury We Cannot Afford" (Math Paper Press, 2014) and the Yale Literary Magazine, and has also been adapted for a choral work by Eric Banks. Aside from the Image–Symbol Department, he is also a member of Burn After Reading (Singapore). His first collection of poems, "A Field Guide to Supermarkets in Singapore", is forthcoming from Math Paper Press in 2016.

DARYL LIM WEI JIE is a poet and critic. He read history at the University of Oxford, and has a Master's in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. He is particularly interested in the literary uses of history. His work has won him the Golden Point Award in English Poetry in 2015. His first collection of poems, "A Book of Changes", is forthcoming from Math Paper Press in 2016.

DARYL QILIN YAM is a writer of prose and poetry. He is one of the co-editors of the "SingPoWriMo" anthology series, a director / administrator at Sing Lit Station, and a stageplay producer at the non-profit collective Take Off Productions. His first novel, "Kappa Quartet" was longlisted for the 2015 Epigram Book Fiction Prize, and is forthcoming from Epigram Books in 2016.


VENUE: BooksActually
ADDRESS: 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645
EVENT WEBSITE: Facebook

DATE AND TIME
16 Oct 2016, 4pm-6pm