Jason Erik Lundberg has spent the most of the last decade either writing stories for children (Bo Bo and Cha Cha) and adults (Red Dot Irreal); or going through other people's writing as the editor of anthologies such as Best New Singaporean Short Stories and LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction.
Here he talks about the key component at the heart of change and how that affected writing his latest book, Diary of One Who Disappeared.
In another article, Suffian Hakim explored how his novel The Minorities is a subversion of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth structure. The book's Nameless Narrator travels from the known to the unknown but fails to become master of either world. Here, Suffian offers a "songtrack" for The Minorities, which follows the Monomyth structure: the first 10 songs provide the soundscape of The Known; the next 10 capture the discord of The Unknown; and the final 10 songs taper into the story's Nameless Narrator and his failure to become master of both worlds, despite having met all the beats of the Monomyth arc.
Suffian wrote The Minorities for many reasons. But the author says the novel itself takes a dump (yes, a dump!) on the ideas of one of the 20th century's foremost academic minds in the field of literature and mythology. To wit: Suffian set out to subvert the narrative model of the Hero's Journey, or Monomyth, popularised by literary scholar Joseph Campbell in his 1949 work, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, a book that has since become essential reading in comparative mythology. Here, he explains why...
In the book, The Great Singapore Poo Sale and Other Beastly Business, the animals of Singapore find themselves under threat. So they decide to take matters into their own hands – or paws – and come up with a few ideas to get the people of Singapore more eco-aware. It's an apt message for the times. And like the book, the playlist for The Great Singapore Poo Sale is just as apt. Handpicked by author Maureen Yeo, the songs reflect the spirit of the book.
When you’ve grown up in many different places, a question that gets harder for Inez Tan to answer each year is “where are you from?”
It feels wrong to leave any of them out, so she sometimes says, a little too cheerfully, "I’m from all over!” Here, Inez shares what inspired her debut collection of short stories, This Is Where I Won't Be Alone, along with a playlist that you can listen to while reading her book.
David Seow has been writing children's books for 20 years. He first started writing because he wanted new stories to tell his niece and nephews.
His latest book, Sam, Sebbie and Di-di-di & Xandy: Storm Over Typhoon Theatre, was officially launched at the Singapore Writers Festival. Here, David reflects on his career over the years and the lessons he learnt along the way.