We live in an age when cultural misunderstanding can lead to confrontation. While on her residency in Singapore, Marina Lewycka has been fascinated by the way the different ethnic and cultural communities in Singapore co-exist. The award-winning author, who has carved a name for herself in comic fiction, sees much potential for comedy in this vibrant multicultural society. In this session, Lewycka will draw on her own work and experience to explore the power of humour and what it has to offer in helping us understand each other.
Marina Lewycka was born of Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, after World War II, and now lives in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Her first novel, The Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (2005) was published when she was 58 years old, and went on to sell a million copies in more than thirty languages. It was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction, longlisted for the Man Booker prize, won the 2005 Saga Award for Wit and the 2005 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. Marina’s second novel Two Caravans (2007) (published in US as Strawberry Fields) was short-listed for the George Orwell prize for political writing. Her third novel, We Are All Made of Glue, was published in 2009, Various Pets Alive And Dead came out in 2012. Her fifth novel, The Lubetkin Legacy, was again shortlisted for the 2016 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction.
This session is co-presented with the NAC-NTU Creative Writing Residency.