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Get Lucky: An Anthology of Philippine and Singapore Writings

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edited by Manuelita Contreras-Cabrera, Migs Bravo-Dutt, and Eric Tinsay Valles


Glimpse into the lives of Filipinos in Singapore, and see Singapore from their eyes. This Philippine-Singapore anthology presents a spread of concerns written in three genres by 30 contributors. The essays, stories and poems trace well-travelled routes of family, friendship, faith, and love; they enter intimate spaces opened up by the sleight of the writer’s hand, experiences that would have been closed to the naked eye and an unimaginative heart.

A natural complement to Love Gathers All, the first-ever anthology of Philippines-Singapore love poems, Get Lucky nourishes the bonds between members of these two countries by furthering the understanding of assumptions, beliefs as well as behaviours that are common or that divide.

About the Editors

Manuelita Contreras-Cabrera is a journalist/editor and currently works in a research firm. She first came to Singapore in 2004 as an ASEAN scholar and has been based here since. While the bulk of her writing portfolio is in business and finance, she dabbles in fiction writing and has published short stories in the Philippines. She won first prize for her story “Sulat sa Birhen” at the 65th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

Migs Bravo-Dutt has contributed poetry to literary journal Ceriph, SingPoWriMo, and From Walden To Woodlands: An Anthology of Nature Poems. Her short fiction is forthcoming in New Asian Short Stories 2015. She has also written for Royal Bhutan Drukair’s Tashi Delek, annual travel guides for Expat Living, the newsletter for Metta Welfare Association, and Pagdiriwang 2015. She is a member of the Write Forward Class of 2011, organised by the British Council and Birkbeck College, and a participant of the Iceland Writers Retreat in 2014.

Eric Tinsay Valles seeks to give witness to hope amid the fragility of human nature. His poetry has been featured in &Words, Reflecting on the Merlion, Ceriph, Southeast Asian Review of English, Routledge’s New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing and other journals.  His critical essays have appeared in The Asiatic and Writing Diaspora. He won a Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing prize for poems that form the core of his second book, After the Fall (dirges among ruins). His first poetry collection is A World in Transit.

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ISBN: 978-981-09-7247-9
Published: 2015
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
Extent: 130 pages (estimated)
Finish: Paperback



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