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The Adventures of Mooty | How to Fall in Love with Classics

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Mooty the Mouse was well-known to Singapore children growing up in the 1980s!

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This programme/event is open to members of the National Library Board, Singapore. Please ensure you have your myLibrary ID on hand before proceeding with the registration. If you do not have a myLibrary ID, you can create one here: https://account.nlb.gov.sg/.

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The Adventures of Mooty (1980) is a collection of ten timeless stories by Jessie Wee and Kwan Shan Mei, Singapore’s pioneer children’s writer and illustrator. It follows the titular little mouse and his friendship and adventures with various creatures in his world. Mooty has inspired important values in a multicultural society, such as courage and kindness, for many generations of Singaporean children. Gwee Li Sui will read these stories in the context of Asian folktales and trace the history of children’s writing in Singapore.

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Literary classics are classics because they have stood the test of time. They have dazzled generations of readers with their compelling writing as well as their approaches to universal themes. Each new age discovers in them not just fascinating layers of meaning but also fresh relevance. A reader is often profoundly satisfied and feels his or her life changed for the better.

How to Fall in Love with Classics is an exciting National Library Board lecture series that celebrates the classics. This series looks lovingly and thoughtfully at a few texts to understand the special pleasure we get from them. The study should help to ignite or rekindle your own passion for literature. You may grasp more firmly the importance of particular works and learn to appreciate them more.

Every lecture will explore one classic for its various forms of meaning. The text will be dissected to reveal connections it makes to ideas in history, culture, and society. We will also observe how this can enhance our reflections on ourselves and the world. 2021 opens with Series 8, which will look at four classics of animal fiction: Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, Natsume Sōseki’s I am a Cat, Richard Adams’s Watership Down, and Jessie Wee and Kwan Shan Mei’s The Adventures of Mooty. 

About the Speaker

Gwee Li Sui is a poet, a graphic artist, and a literary critic. His works of verse include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), The Other Merlion and Friends (2015), Haikuku (2017), and Death Wish (2017). A familiar name in Singapore’s cultural scene, Gwee Li Sui wrote our first long-form graphic novel in English Myth of the Stone back in 1993. He has edited several acclaimed literary anthologies, taught at several universities, and lectured on a vast range of subjects. He has also written FEAR NO POETRY!: An Essential Guide to Close Reading (2014) and Spiaking Singlish: A Companion to How Singaporeans Communicate (2017).

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