The Problem with Singaporean Men


The 4th Epigram Books Fiction Prize Forum:

The Problem with Singaporean Men:
Exploring Representations of Men in Singaporean Literature.

They've been called everything from ah beng to hapless beta-male — but do Singaporean men deserve the reputation they've been saddled with? And why are they written about like that? Just what is the problem with Singaporean men?

Spend an afternoon with the winning author and finalists from the 2018 Epigram Books Fiction Prize—Yeoh Jo-Ann, May Seah, Lu Huiyi and Anittha Thanabalan—as they decode the male species in this engaging discussion!

Moderating the forum is Simon Vincent, the author of The Naysayer's Book Club, a book featuring 26 conversations with 26 people who have striven against the odds to make a mark in Singapore with their causes and beliefs. Simon is a multimedia journalist who covered the 2015 General Election, and whose work has also appeared in various media outlets including Nikkei Asian Review, Mekong Review, The Middle Ground and Yahoo! News, among others.

➔ 11 July, Thursday
➔ 7-9pm
➔ lyf@SMU (71-77 Stamford Road, S178895)

Admission is free with registration.

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About the Authors:

Yeoh Jo-Ann won the 2018 Epigram Books Fiction Prize with her first novel Impractical Uses of Cake. The novel follows the life of a 35-year-old teacher who meets a woman from his past, who is now homeless and living out of a cardboard box. The relationship they form forces him to re-evaluate his well-ordered but empty life.

May Seah is the author of The Movie That No One Saw– a humorous look at the entertainment industry and follows actor Adjonis Keh (pronounced "ajonis" with a silent "d") who, after meeting a reporter, starts to question his life choices and what it means to act, not just as an actor, but daily life as well.

Lu Huiyi's dystopian novel Beng Beng Revolution is her first novel and is set in a tumultuous Singapore where conventional energy sources such as oil and gas have run out and steam is the only energy supply. How do her protagonists survive in a world where everything just goes wrong?

Anittha Thanabalan is a freelance writer and a tutor who also tutors A-Level and O-Level students in English Literature. The Lights That Find Us is Singapore’s answer to A Christmas Carol and follows Shreya, who is visited by three celestial beings. She revisits key events in her family’s history and catches a glimpse of their future as well. Seeing things in a new light, she comes to terms with her emotional wounds and learns the importance of keeping herself and her family whole.

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