[the title works better if you read it in my voice. Specifically, my voice when i was about 6 years old in that video of me in Cameron Highlands, but thats another story….]
So its been nearly 7 months since I moved back to Singapore. In these months I have obtained a smart phone to integrate myself into society, learnt how to use Whatsapp, remembered my masochistic fondness for running in the sun, gained a couple of twitter followers, been in two spoken word shows. and learnt more about the country in the past few months than I have in the past 8 years of not-really-living-here. KIND OF A CRASH COURSE IN PEOPLE HERE, if you will.
i feel i should have something profound & all-encompassing to say about Singapore by now. so i will say this:
“humidity is not all that evil. sometimes you can make friends with it”
other things i have been up to:
1. Helped to host a panel discussion at SPEAK on the state of Spoken Word poetry in Singapore at the former Home Club, with local poets Marc Nair, Alvin Pang and Nabilah Husna
2. Books Actually’s 24h Bookstore event reading poems from BODY BOUNDARIES & by self & Ovidia Yu. There were also cats & free prata!
3. Back to the UK to Bristol, Bath & London WHERE I SHOUTED MY MISANDRY POEM IN ITS UK DEBUT AT BLAHBLAHBLAH to AT THE BRISTOL OLD VIC HOSTED BY THE AMAZING ANNA FREEMAN, also, a surprise spot at VANESSA KISUULE’S book launch (Joyriding the Storm by Burning Eye Books its freaking amazing), A a bit at LIPPED INK AT THE POETRY CAFE HOSTED BY MARK ‘MR T’ THOMPSON, and also, hosting THE MAY HAMMER & TONGUE SLAM AT HYSTERIA BAR WHERE SABRINA MAHFOUZ & DIZRAELI DID A FUCKING FANTASTIC FEATURES. also, reconnecting with the London Family, spent May Day in the anarchist space the 12-in-1 club Bradford, and then spent some time plotting & eating kebabs & talking about not-being-in-London with a great friend in Diyarbakir. As you do.
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4. Performed in a Poetry Slam in Barcelona while sitting in my room Singapore!
Was invited by Spanish Slam Champion of 2013 & European Slam Champion Dani Orviz to take part in Barcelona’s Slham Poetry L’Hospitalet‘s Shakespeare v Cervantes Slam over Google Hangout at 3AM on a Wednesday night. It was me in Singapore and poets from Sweden, Portugal, France, and Spain, performing in English, Swedish, Portuguese, French, Catalan and Spanish. With translations. To a crowd of 150-200 people in Barcelona. TECHNOLOGY. FUCK YEAH.
photo credit: Slham Poetry L’Hospitalet
5. Judged YAWP 2014 at Hwa Chong Junior College together with poet Joshua Ip, organized by Hwa Chong Lit Wing, aN annual poetry performance competition whole lot of young poets/actors from various secondary schools. Some amazing young performers out there & some really inspiring team pieces & writings. Then I suddenly remembered I had taken part like 10 years ago.
things coming in the future:
(cos I’m too fucking lazy to update the upcoming gigs page but i will soon just not tonight i need to hang out with my cats and its getting quite stuffy in this room actually i think the air conditioning’s broken but more likely i cant find the remote yet cos im trying to finish this blog post)
6. Longitudes & Latitudes (19 July): mega fundraiser for the Singapore’s Indie Art Festival Lit Up! Wil be performing a set & possibly hosting. There will be music & food & alcohol & live art & live plants.
7. Contradiction: OUT Loud: 10 year series: the 10th anniversary of this really amazing queer festival, Contradiction will be the opening event featuring local writers who have been performing there since the beginning. It has always been my favourite part since 2005 & an important part of my life even before I was into performing poetry. I will be performing a set here for the 2nd time.
8. Music Market @ the Hard Rock Cafe (August 2) : some poets & i shall be running a stall to make personalized bespoke poems on-demand from 7PM- 12 midnight!
9. Mass Hysteria: RE-ACT! (August 23): aand….we’re back with more stories/poetry/drama/ basically an entirely new show at the Play Den at the Arts House.
10. A Minor Contradiction (August 30): I’m curating & hosting a sweet closing event for Indignation: a night of performances by emerging/youngish queer Singapore writers at the Reading Room (the art gallery not the cafe)
11. LIT-UP FESTIVAL:the Sekaliwags present: XPOWERMENT! (September 27+28): remember this acronym (i came up with it myself): AIYGHTT! [Adults Inspiring Youth ThrouGH Time Travel) in which we become Primary School Educators for an hour & try to explore the past present future of Singapore & the importance of Asian Values & Hard Work & Resilience to Children with the help of a trusty time machine…. what could possibly go wrong?!
12. Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Ubud, Bali (1 October -5 October): i shall be performing /panelling/representing Dogfoot as part of this incredible festival. Apparently the author of POSSUM MAGIC, one of my favourite books as a kid, is here as well and THAT IS ALMOST AS EPIC AS CAMPING NEXT TO C. R. AVERY IN GLASTONBURY. Its the first literary festival i have been invited to ever & has got lots of incredible people from Australia & Asia.
13. A Certain Sort of Hunger (some time in October): a show by Tania de Rozario, Dana Lam, Nabilah Husna, Ad Maloud & myself about female ghosts in Asia, the stories we were told, monstrous feminines and selfies.
13. Singapore Writers Festival (late October-November): I am having a chapbook called Roadkill for Beginners launched as part of WordForward’s Loudmouth Chapbook Series.
oh yeah, and here is a video of the piece ‘Playground Ghosts’ that I did with Jennifer Champion at the Sekaliwags show we did in April, where we got our first & probably best review ever afterwards: “you people should get jobs…men don’t want to date women who speaks like that” ==BRILLIANT!
….ok. Now something else profound/generic about Singapore to end this post.
I shall leave you with these words: