A BEGINNING

Welcome to SWAG!

It seemed appropriate to theme our very first edition BEGINNINGS. We all have to start somewhere. The literary loot for this quarter includes:

Big news about writer Clarissa N Goenawan, whose first novel is making waves far from Singapore‘s shores.

Clarissa also helps us navigate part one of our mini-series on getting started in publishing, as she doles out sage advice based on her very recent experience of taking the traditional route via literary agent.

But some authors take the less trodden path to publication. Singapore-based TV producer Marc Heal tells us how he crowd-funded his book, while Don Bosco describes his self-publishing adventures in the Lion City.

I met up with British writer, Rosie Milne, to go back to the beginning of modern Singapore in the company of Tom Raffles and his merry wives. We also have a review of Olivia & Sophia based on the fictionalised diaries of these two very different women later in the issue.

Verena Tay explains how she encourages late starters in her workshop for memoirists aged over 50. While Dutch journalist Irene Slegt describes a surreal introduction to her first Asia Pacific Writers and Translators conference in Manila.

Finally, of course, SWAG has some new writing in the bag. Here’s the real treasure!

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