17 April 2010. A great start to ESL Vol 2!
Hosted by Ms K Kanagalatha, author and Tamil Murasu Editor and Ms Constance Singham, Past President of AWARE. Related resources available here.
K Kanagalatha in The Women I Murder
What are the challenges faced by women in society? Are the issues the same now as compared to ten years ago?
Naan Kolai Seyum Penkal or The Women I Murder is a collection of dark, disturbing stories portraying the female voices in what is identified as a ‘minority gender’ in a male-dominated ethnic minority. The author, K Kanagalatha shared with participants the issues women face, be it social issues, relationships or family tensions, outside comfortable and familiar patterns of society.
Inspired by the issues and challenges that women of the Indian community have overcome from the past till present, participants were provided insights into Latha’s journey as a writer, specifically in the Tamil community as well as her inspirations behind the stories, some written about 10 years ago. With Ms Constance Singham, an interesting discussion followed on community and global issues that continue to haunt women all over the world and insights into the Tamil community.
K Kanagalatha has published a number of collections of poetry and short stories which have appeared in prominent Tamil literary journals. Her collection of modern Tamil poetry Theeveli is used as a BA literary text in Periyar University, India and in Tamil Nadu. Her bilingual poem ‘Still Human’ was featured in the MRT Trains: Poems on the Move series by the National Arts Council. She is currently a News Editor with Tamil Murasu.
Constance Singam is well known as a social activist and writer. She is a past president of AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) and SCWO (Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations). She is also a founder member of TWC1, TWC2 and the now defunct MediaWatch. She has been a columnist in several publications. Her other works include “ A History of the TWC: Building Social Space in Singapore” and essay “ Quietly Resisting; Silently Subverting: The Wayward Ways of Singapore Women” in Postmodern Singapore, Select Publishing. She is co-editor of the book “Re-Presenting Singapore Women”, published by Landmark Publications.
After 25 years of commitment and hard work to the cause of civil society and in particular AWARE Constance Singam is happy to step back and return to her other neglected loves of her life: music, literature and writing.