The Arts House kicks off the new year with the final season of Sing Lit 101: How to Read a Singaporean Poem. This fourth season promises to be the quirkiest yet as well-loved poet and literary critic Gwee Li Sui delivers six ground-breaking lectures on Singapore’s English-language verse. He will turn the spotlight on a range of voices from the 1990s, some of which are lesser known than others in today’s literary arts landscape. This focus brings a radically fresh texture to a pivotal decade in Singaporean literature.
Six compelling poems will be dissected to examine their meaning and revelation about developments in society and culture. Gwee’s lectures are popularly accessible, passionate, and insightful. Regardless of your age or background, you will be charmed by his textual readings and drawn to the continuing relevance of verse.
Session 2: 14 Jan 2017 | Lydia Kwa’s “Travelling Time”
Singapore-born Lydia Kwa is a clinical psychologist and a writer based in Canada. Her emotionally charged poem "Travelling Time" relates the turmoil of someone who has uprooted herself and is confronting sudden loss. Gwee will examine the mental landscape of this work to talk about the emigrant’s experience as well as other aspects of Kwa’s poetry.