Archive for the 'Essays' Category

The Fires of Elangovan

December 23, 2018

Elangovan, Alamak! 1The following is my foreword to Elangovan’s latest collection of plays, Alamak! (Zero Degree Publishing, 2018), pp. 9-14.

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On Book Prizes

November 9, 2018

This essay appeared in Singapore Literature Prize: Celebrating Our Writers 1992-2018 (2018), pp. 6-7. The book was published on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Singapore Book Council.

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Not to Be Served But to Serve

October 21, 2018

This is the transcript of my sermon read to the congregation of Free Community Church on 21 October 2018. The Scripture passage is Mark 10:35-45. The transcript is also available on Facebook. The video may be watched on Vimeo.

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How to Fall in Love with Adrian Tan’s The Teenage Textbook

July 27, 2018

The following video records my public lecture on Adrian Tan’s The Teenage Textbook, given on 27 July 2018. This lecture is part of the National Library Singapore’s How to Fall in Love with Classics series.

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How to Fall in Love with Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

July 20, 2018

The following video records my public lecture on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, given on 20 July 2018. This lecture is part of the National Library Singapore’s How to Fall in Love with Classics series.

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How to Fall in Love with Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

July 6, 2018

The following video records my public lecture on Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, given on 6 July 2018. This lecture is part of the National Library Singapore’s How to Fall in Love with Classics series.

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How to Fall in Love with Voltaire’s Candide

June 29, 2018

The following video records my public lecture on Voltaire’s Candide, given on 29 June 2018. This lecture is part of the National Library Singapore’s How to Fall in Love with Classics series.

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The Least of These

November 26, 2017

This is the transcript of my sermon read to the congregation of Free Community Church on 26 November 2017. The scripture passage is Matthew 25:31-46. The transcript is also available on Facebook. The video may be watched on Vimeo.

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Tan Guan Heng’s My Love is Blind

November 7, 2017

My Love is Blind

Tan Guan Heng’s groundbreaking novel My Love is Blind first appeared in 1995. Its twenty-second anniversary edition published by Asiapac Books in 2017 has a new foreword by Tommy Koh and the following afterword by me.

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The Humanity of Anne Lee Tzu Pheng

November 3, 2017

This foreword appears in the Artist in Words exhibition booklet celebrating the life and work of Singaporean poet Anne Lee Tzu Pheng. The exhibition, held at The Arts House between 3 and 12 November 2017, was part of the Literary Pioneers segment of the Singapore Writers Festival. The entire exhibition booklet can be downloaded here.

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MD Sharif Uddin’s Stranger to Myself

November 1, 2017

Stranger to MyselfThe following is my foreword to MD Sharif Uddin’s Stranger to Myself (Landmark Books, 2017), edited by Theophilus Kwek. This book won Best Non-Fiction Title at the Singapore Book Awards 2018.

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Spiaking Singlish: A Companion to How Singaporeans Communicate

October 6, 2017

Written and drawn by Gwee Li Sui

Published by Marshall-Cavendish Editions, 2018

Second Prize in the English (Adult) Category of the Popular Readers’ Choice Awards 2018

Spiaking Singlish

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We Are Born with the Dead

December 1, 2016

a-luxury-we-must-afford-an-anthology-of-singapore-poetry-00This is my foreword to A Luxury We Must Afford: An Anthology of Singapore Poetry (2016), edited by Christine Chia, Joshua Ip, and Cheryl Julia Lee. The book is a sequel to 2014’s A Luxury We Can Afford: An Anthology of Singapore Poetry, to which I contributed the foreword “No Man But One is an Island”.

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Gweek Predicts the Future of Singaporean Literature!

November 7, 2016

unwritten-country

My lecture “Unwritten Country” was read at the double-bill Singapore Writers Festival Lecture: Unwritten Country held at the Arts House on 5 November 2016. The other lecture was Boey Kim Cheng’s “Reflections of a Returnee”. This text has also been reproduced on Singapore Poetry.

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Lord, Don’t Trouble Yourself

May 29, 2016

This is the transcript of my sermon read to the congregation of Free Community Church on 29 May 2016. The Scripture passage is Luke 7:1-10, supplemented with John 20:19-23. The transcript is also available on Facebook. The video may be watched on Vimeo.

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Why Do You Look into the Sky?

November 15, 2015

This is the transcript of my sermon given at Free Community Church on 15 November 2015. The Scripture passage is Acts 1:1-11. The transcript is also available on FacebookThe video may be watched on Vimeo.

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Gweek Talks Singathology!

November 5, 2015

This is the transcript of my speech made on behalf of all who worked on Singathology at the launch of this 2-volume work in the City Hall Chamber of the National Gallery Singapore on 5 November 2015.

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Gweek Shares on Poetry of Home!

July 28, 2015

This is the revised transcript of my keynote speech delivered at the first Singapore National Poetry Festival on 25 July 2015 at LASALLE College of the Arts. Revision was made to include a portion that was unread due to time constraint and to exclude the text of a poem for which permission for print was not granted.

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Gweek Shares on Love Poetry!

May 14, 2015

This public lecture was given at the Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library in Silliman University, Dumaguete City, The Philippines, on 14 May 2015. It was part of the 54th instalment of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, which is the oldest creative writing programme in Asia.

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Everything in Common

April 27, 2015

This is the transcript of my sermon given at Free Community Church on 26 April 2015. The Scripture passage is Acts 2:41-47, supplemented with Colossians 3:12-17. The transcript is also available on Facebook and on Free Community Church’s website. The video may be watched on Vimeo.

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