ABOUT THE BOOK/
Curated by two of the foremost literary figures of their generation, the ground-breaking Singapore-Australia anthology of poetry brings together for the first time the contemporary work of the finest poets at work in Singapore and Australia today. OVER THERE: Poems from Singapore and Australia features a fresh selection of established as well as previously unreleased work from writers such as Edwin Thumboo and Cyril Wong from Singapore, and Dorothy Porter and Kevin Hart from Australia. Over 20 writers from each territory are featured, representing the diverse and interesting voices currently at play in both territories, and creating an ongoing discourse between the exciting literary cultures of the two Pacific neighbours.
The anthology ranges across many themes: from an ever-shifting sense of cultural, urban and personal identity to place, politics, sex, religion and more, with clear resonances and connections bridging the two territories.
The book, made available in both territories, marks the first time that a major Singaporean literary anthology is released to the wider Australian market.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
John Kinsella is a poet, novelist, critic, publisher and journal editor. He authored more than thirty books, winning many prizes and awards that include The Grace Leven Poetry Prize, the John Bray Award for Poetry from The Adelaide Festival, The Age Poetry Book of The Year Award, The Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Poetry (three times), a Young Australian Creative Fellowship from the former PM of Australia, Paul Keating, and senior Fellowships from the Literature Board of The Australia Council. He is the editor of the international literary journal Salt. A Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, John was appointed the Richard L Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College in the United States for 2001, where he is now Professor of English. His latest works include Peripheral Light: New and Selected Poem, The New Arcadia and Fast, Loose Beginnings: a Memoir of Intoxications.
ALVIN PANG was named 2005 Young Artist of the Year (Literature) by the National Arts Council, Singapore and was awarded the Singapore Youth Award (Arts and Culture) for 2007. He holds First Class Honours in Literature from the University of York in England and an Honorary Fellowship in Writing from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program (2002). Testing the Silence and City of Rain are his two individual collections. He co-edited No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry, a key text on university and school syllabuses; LOVE GATHERS ALL: The Singapore-Filipino love anthology. He has also made many contributions to literary projects, events and expeditions in support of Singapore writing, and has appeared in major festivals around the world, including the Edinburgh and Sydney writers’ festivals.