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by David Leo
Keith, a reporter has to interview the first person to be diagnosed with AIDS and write a “newsy” story. It was the beginning of a lesson on the social attitudes towards AIDS and its victims in this part of the world. Written in 1993, this novella explores two victims’ pain and angst as well as the dilemmas faced by those who encounter them. The writer makes no attempt to moralise, but merely tell the story as it would have happened had it been real.
Some of his short stories have been adapted for the stage and television. In 2003, two of his short stories, “Picnic” and “The Story of a Good Man” were adapted for MediaCorp TV12’s The Singapore Short Story Project. Leo was also a judge in the nation’s prestigious NAC/SPH Golden Point Award competition for short stories in English in 2001. Between books, Leo writes commentaries on a wide range of subjects but specialises in aviation and customer service as a freelance columnist. He also enjoys travelling, swimming and word puzzles. A nature lover, he abhors cruelty to animals.