Gwee Li Sui

Born in 1970, Gwee Li Sui is a literary critic, a poet, and a graphic artist. His first book Myth of the Stone, written and drawn at the age of twenty-one, was Singapore’s first full-length graphic novel in English. Although it was met with critical silence back in 1993, it has returned in a popular, special, twentieth-anniversary edition published by Epigram Books in 2013. He also wrote a book of funny verse Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?, which Landmark Books published in 1998, and his book of love poems One Thousand and One Nights was just released by the same publisher. A familiar name in Singapore’s literary scene, Gwee has written essays on a broad range of cultural subjects and is well-loved for his instruction in Singaporean literature and, in particular, Singaporean poetry. He is also the editor of Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature II (2009)Telltale: Eleven Stories (2010), and Man/Born/Free: Writings on the Human Spirit from Singapore(2011), all published by Ethos Books.

Books by Gwee Li Sui


Fear no longer! Literary powerhouse Gwee Li Sui takes you from the baby steps of close reading to its finer, more moving moments. He discusses with rare energising generosity two kinds of poems: the “unseen poem” – the bane of many a student – and the scariest of verse for Singaporean readers, a poem by another Singaporean!

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This literary anthology – centred on the travails of the human spirit – is like none other published in Singapore. It testifies to the social reflections of generations of Singaporean writers and their inquiries into issues of freedom, equality, humanity, and hope. The selection brings together works originally written in English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil across almost six decades of Singaporean life. They are arranged here in a compelling way that argues for the inevitable interconnections of these concerns.

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This anthology of short fiction presents six distinct electrifying voices from Singapore: Alfian bin Sa’at, Wena Poon, Jeffrey Lim, Tan Mei Ching, Claire Tham, and Dave Chua. The modern tales they tell are graphic, gritty, striking, and evocative. They describe experiences marked by short happiness and haunting memories, from the death of a loved one to the menacing forces of nature.

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