by David Leo
Ubin Dreaming, as the title suggests, is in part inspired by the Arvon workshop organised by The Literary Centre and the National Arts Council. It reflects the literary aspirations of a still young nation – a dream that is continually forming and broken.
“we languish in inspired idleness
this, no place to be seeding dreams
the umbilical cord still attached”
His fourth collection, the poems are characteristic of David Leo’s earlier works; though personally experiential, the poems evoke “a quality of universality beyond their immediate milieu” (Tara Dhar Hasnain, Interlogue, Studies in Singapore Literature, Volume 2: Poetry, Ethos Books, 1999)
While he continues to explore the Singaporean identity in some of the poems, by and large David finds inspiration in almost anything – from a thunderstorm to a zucchini, underlying his love of nature and animals, and a keen observation of human behaviour. Reading his poems is like watching a painter at work at his easel – the poems quickly become visual.
About the Author
David Leo is an accomplished writer with 11 books to his name. He has produced a wide repertoire of works that include poetry and prose. He was awarded the Publisher’s Prize for fiction (Ah... The Fragrance of Durians), NBDCS commendation (The Sins of the Fathers & Other Stories) and Singapore Literature Prize commendation (Wives, Lovers & Other Women). A fourth collection of short stories (News At Nine) is a recommended secondary school text.
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. A compulsive writer who derives intense pleasure from thinking about stories and poems in his every spare moment, David Leo is never short of inspiration. His prose is sincere, engaging and always with a hint of nostalgia.
Other titles by David Leo:
Life's So Like Dat (2008)
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Dimension: 120mm x 200mm