In This Desert, There Were Seeds | To Gather Your Leaving Launch

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The Arts House

1 Old Parliament Lane

Singapore, Singapore 179429

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feat. writers Arin Fong, Chen Cuifen, Rajkumar Thiagaras, Choo Rui Zhi; with opening notes by Boey Kim Cheng and Jon Gresham

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We seem to be living in an era of widespread anxiety: our sense of identity and community is changing, leading to a greater sense of mistrust, disillusionment, loneliness and isolation. Join the editors and writers of these two anthologies—one poetry, one prose—for a conversation on their frustrations with the current climate, hopes for the future, and how it weaves into their work.

Launching at the Singapore Writers Festival.

About In This Desert, There Were Seeds

Edited by Jon Gresham and Elizabeth Tan

Endangered tigers connecting telepathically through time-travel; a guard’s ethical dilemma at a history museum; a slaughterhouse worker’s memories of his dead wife; a monochrome town upended by a wild watermelon…

In This Desert, There Were Seeds is an intimate collection of past and future dreams, featuring exciting new and established literary voices from Western Australia and Singapore. From our shifting sense of community and identity, to our frustrations with existing political, social and economic structures—this anthology transcends boundaries and captures the persistence of ordinary lives in deserts literal and metaphorical.

About To Gather Your Leaving

Edited by Boey Kim Cheng, Arin Fong, and Justin Chia

With increased global mobility of people, the phrase “go home” has been commonly used against those who are deemed as not belonging and infringing on native space. However, “go home” may not be as simple as returning to where one originates from. In a world where countries have become globalised but continue to take protectionist stances that focus on raising borders, restricting citizenship and denying access to asylum seekers, the notion of “home” has been destabilised. Now, more than ever, it is important to break the illusion of barriers and to acknowledge the network of routes that have brought us to where we are.

To Gather Your Leaving navigates our troubled world through poetry, responding to questions of belonging, access, journeys and mobility.

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The Arts House

1 Old Parliament Lane

Singapore, Singapore 179429

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