Fresh from the recent announcement of the Singapore Literature Prize 2008 (English category), poet Ng Yi-Sheng has graciously accepted our invitation to join us in February’s book discussion. The details:
Date/time: 4.00pm, Friday 27 February
Venure: The Activity Room, Bukit Batok Public Library
Author/Title: Mr Ng Yi-Sheng. “Last Boy”. Call no. SING S821 NG
Facilitator: Ms Clara Chua
About the author:
Ng Yi-Sheng (b.1980) is a poet, playwright, journalist and freelance writer. He has published four books, including a novelisation of the movie “Eating Air”, the best-selling non-fiction book, “SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century” and the poetry collection “last boy”, which won the 2008 Singapore Literature Prize.
His dramatic work ranges from musical comedies to experimental performances as part of the interdisciplinary arts group V.I.S.T.A Lab. Additionally, he models for art classes and practises capoeira. He blogs at <http://lastboy.blogspot.com>.
About the book:
“Ng Yi-sheng’s writing is always good for a romp through the enticing playground of language… but don’t forget to stand aside, catch your breath, and observe the soul-ground on which Last Boy plays.”
- Lee Tzu Pheng
“This whimsical collection evinces fascinating sleights of hand in its metaphoric associations. Ng distinguishes himself with a wide-ranging erudition and cultural acumen, invoking the arcana of every field from mythology to mathematics, literature to kinesiology, to make his subtle observations about the intricacies of urban culture and the nature of contemporary relationships. Wit and irony abound, as the poet displays his dexterity in word-play, whether this assumes the form of puns, alliteration, exploration of semantics and etymology, or
the sheer delight that comes from wildly original conjugations of imagery and conceits. In each, the leitmotifs take dazzling flight before landing on an epiphanic coda. Read and be bowled over.”
- Dr K K Seet
If you are interested in participating, please email Soon Huat at Soon_Huat_KWEH@nlb.gov.sg.