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Left to Write: Observing Struggle and Loss

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Singapore Book Council

90 Goodman Road, Block E, #03-32, Goodman Arts Centre

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Singapore, 439053

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How does loss relate to writing? How does it shape writing? The panel will feature Desmond, Li Shan and Clara, in an hour-long investigation where lived experiences and craft meet.

In this session, we will explore:

1. How writing can be a witness to a personal loss

2. The responsibilities of writers when approaching such topics.

3. An interrogation of the language/medium used as a means to write on such issues.


Panellists:

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, three hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audio books. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.

Chan Li Shan is Director of the Writing Center and Writing Residency Fellow at the Asian University for Women. She is currently working on a book project about young women leaders in Bangladesh. Prior to this, she was selected Writer-in-Residence at Sing Lit Station. In 2017, Li Shan completed an MA in Biography and Creative Non-fiction at the University of East Anglia. Li Shan is also an award-winning mental health advocate. Her book A Philosopher’s Madness (Ethos Books) was published in 2012.

Clara Lock is the author of Stay Gold: An Almost Healthy Boy in a Mostly Healthy World, a biography of her late best friend. She is a writer by profession and storyteller at heart, who has written for various publications, brands and organisations. Clara was formerly the editor of the Singapore Navy magazine, where she spent many happy days at sea. She writes about life and travel at claralock.com.

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