Black Waters, Pink Sands

Publisher: Math Paper Press

In this book, you’ll find the annotated scripts of two acclaimed lecture performances written by Ng Yi-Sheng, exploring forgotten chapters of Singapore history.

Ayer Hitam: a Black History of Singapore explores the history and influence of the African diaspora in Singapore over two hundred years. It trawls the archive for stories of slavery, colonialism, jazz and nationalist struggle, reaffirming the value of black culture in our shared heritage. Collaboratively created with Sharon Frese and Irfan Kasban for the M1 Fringe Festival, this work commemorates the black men and women—enslaved, indentured and expatriate—who crossed the oceans into unknown territory.

Desert Blooms: the Dawn of Queer Singapore Theatre traces the history of Singapore theatre from 1985 to 1995, revealing how LGBT representation first emerged and flourished on the local stage. Using excerpts of scripts, interviews and news articles, it reveals how the works of Russell Heng, Chay Yew, Eleanor Wong, Ovidia Yu, Haresh Sharma, Goh Boon Teck, Otto Fong, G Selvanathan and others were in dialogue with contemporary developments in HIV/AIDS, club raids and early activism.

About the Author
Ng Yi-Sheng is a Singaporean poet, playwright, fictionist, researcher and LGBT+ activist. He is the author of the best-selling non-fiction work SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century, the Singapore Literature Prize-winning poetry collection last boy and the Singapore Book Awards Best Literary Work Award-winning short story collection Lion City. His other books include A Book of Hims, Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience and the novelization of Eating Air. In addition, he has co-edited numerous works, including GASPP: a Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry and Prose, Eastern Heathens: An Anthology of Subverted Asian Folklore and Sanctuary: Short Fiction from Queer Asia.

ISBN: 9789811473715
Cover Type: Softcover
Page Count: 250
Year Published: 2020
Language: English

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