Phan Ming Yen

Phan Ming Yen is the author of a collection of short fiction, That Night by the Beach and Other Stories for A Film Score (2012), and co-compiler of Edwin Thumboo: Bibliography 1952–2008 (2009). His writing has appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume One (2013) and Kulit: Asian Literature for the Language Classroom (2013). He was also a contributor to the recently published Singapore Soundscape: Musical Renaissance of a Global City (2014). Phan is at present CEO-designate of Global Cultural Alliance, a not-for profit cultural diplomacy agency.

Books by Phan Ming Yen


The passing of the mother together with memories of other losses and absences come together in Lost Bodies, a meditation on the transience of time and love and an invitation to get away—physically or spiritually—from worldly concerns to explore a different history, a different culture, a different light, laced with dreamy scents and the faint calls of fado.

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One ancient land. Four writers. Guilt, ruins, loss, fear of change, and forgiveness. Enter a labyrinth of stories prompted by shared experiences, shaped by different themes, provocations, inspirations, and styles.

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A mysterious woman visits a patient in the middle of the night; a mute girl smiles ‘thank you’ to a music shop assistant; the guilty revisit the scene of their crime; a soldier enters a room. Drawing inspiration from the music of 19th and 20th century Europe, this debut collection of stories is an experiment in language and form, seeking to capture loss and betrayal the way music would: aural experiences of nostalgia and heartache evoked through melody and harmony.

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