Sensitive Souls

Welcome to SWAG issue #2, where we celebrate Sensitive Souls.

When author Leila Boukarim noticed that her son didn’t enjoy loud, adventurous books, she decided to write a more gentle story just for him. Her first book for highly sensitive children, All Too Much For Oliver, is out now.

The delicate topic of body image is the subject of our second author interview this quarter, as SWAG catches up with Kristi Wientge and her mid-grade novel about a young girl’s first moustache.

The Malaysian author, Booker prize-nominated Tash Aw, talked about colonial shame when he visited Singapore recently. Writer Jen Wei Ting reflects on the legacy of his works.

The real treasure in our Swag bag is always the new fiction: this quarter we visit a care home where a young man is hoping for a first kiss; we lift the mask on Batgirl; and we share a selection of award-winning poetry from the NUS Literary Society. Plus we learn how to walk on the moon with a new anthology of experimental writing.

Then we have a triumvirate of sensitive writerly issues. Award-winning short story writer Shasta Grant reflects on rejection. Children’s author Catherine Carvell guides us to a sensitive critique. And Michaela Anchan explains why she still needs a room of her own, even though she provides a peaceful working space to so many other writers.

And I caught up with local poet Marc Nair to quiz him about Singapore’s affinity with the aesthetic form.

The real treasure in our Swag bag is always the new fiction: this quarter we visit a care home where a young man is hoping for a first kiss; we lift the mask on Batgirl; and we share a selection of award-winning poetry from the NUS Literary Society. Plus we learn how to walk on the moon with a new anthology of experimental writing.

A Purple Purr by Gyzele Ginot
Teacher Duncan was a cat. Of course he was!

Unspoken but Heard by Margaret Tang
The wind whispered, blowing sunset-coloured leaves across the street.

Batgirl in the Sea by Bronwyn Sharman
“I’m Gotham City. Wanna save me?”

NUS LitSoc Creative Writing Competition – poetry winners
wonders like a mother’s dishes

Non-fiction

Bending reality in new anthology, this is how you walk on the moon

 

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