edited by Yong Shu Hoong
Every year, between 2011 and 2013, the Singapore Writers Festival invited eight Singapore writers to embark on a sobering journey – to meet with a segment of Singapore’s population whose plights and struggles in life are often left in the shadows. This special project was named Passages. From informal conversations with senior citizens at a hospice or their homes, low-income families trying to make ends meet, and former offenders who had spent time in prison, these writers were inspired to pen their original tales of hardship and heartbreak, often depicting how the human spirit can triumph over great adversities. This anthology compiles a selection of stories from all the three years of the project.
Stephanie Ye, Yeo Wei Wei, Kristina Tom, O Thiam Chin, Wong Shu Yun, Jeremy Tiang, Noor Hasnah Adam, Quek Shin Yi, S Anparasan, Marc Nair, Han Han and Dave Chua.
About the Editor
Yong Shu Hoong, the editor of this anthology, has published five books of poetry: Isaac (1997), do-while (2002), Frottage (2005), which won the 2006 Singapore Literature Prize, From within the Marrow (2010) and The Viewing Party (2013) which won the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize for in English Poetry Category. His poems have been included in literary journals like Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), as well as anthologies like Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008). His short story, ‘The Handover’, was featured in the National Library Board’s reading initiative, Read! Singapore, in 2012. As a freelance journalist, he has written articles for publications like The Straits Times (Singapore), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and Esquire Singapore.
"Let it be known that while typing this out, this reviewer had to suppress his tears... The volume is well worth reading in its entirety, because even at the very least, it is a collection of stories about the forgotten in hurtling, breakneck-speeding Singapore... It tries to write the unseen, the neglected, the abandoned and the forgotten into plain sight, into history itself."
- Daryl Lim, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore
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Dimension: 130mm x 200mm