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PANEL: CrossTalk with Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Marylyn Tan and Yong Shu Hoong

  • BooksActually 9 Yong Siak Street Singapore, 168645 Singapore (map)

Join this special conversation filled with poetry and other surprises, where British writer Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Singapore writers, Marylyn Tan and Yong Shu Hoong (also doubling up as moderator), will share their works and shoot the breeze about crossing genres, identities and boundaries. Audience members are welcome to engage in Q&A with the writers, who will also be signing books after the event.

A 2007 recipient of Ghana’s ACRAG award, Nii Ayikwei is the author of the hybrid novel, Tail of the Blue Bird, which has been translated into numerous languages. The novel’s French translation won the 2014 Prix Baudelaire, Prix Mahogany and Prix Laure Bataillon. His poetry collections include The Makings of You (Peepal Tree), which includes the poem ‘Barter’ featured in the 2013 Poems on the Underground London series. He also writes for children under the name K.P. Kojo. He is currently working on a crowd-funded collection of short
stories, The City Will Love You.

Marylyn Tan is interested in addressing the queer feminine body, existence in liminal spaces, the parameters of interaction whether public or personal, and the conditions of alienation and marginalisation in her work. She has performed at events like the Singapore Biennale, IndigNation SG and the Singapore Writers Festival, with works featured in various print anthologies and publications. Her first full-length poetry collection, GAZE BACK (forthcoming from Ethos Books), is a cross-genre exploration and deconstruction of local folklore, witchcraft, feminism and queerness.

Yong Shu Hoong has authored five poetry collections, including Frottage (2005) and The Viewing Party (2013), which both won the Singapore Literature Prize. He is one of the four co-authors of The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) and Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016). His new poetry collection, Right of the Soil, is slated for release in end-2018.

VENUE: BooksActually
ADDRESS: 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645

12 Jul 2018, 7pm–9pm