February was a busy, busy month. But I had the good fortune of partnering with Objectifs to take part in the Postcard Project, an initiative by the National Library Board to pair photographers and writers together to create ten postcards with images of youth in action on one side and creative writing in the form of poetry or flash fiction on the back.
Over the course of three weeks, I worked with documentary photographer Deanna Ang. She taught the photographers the basics and brough them on a couple of field shoots while I helped to guide the writers (some of whom were also the photographers) as we carved small arcs of story into these fleeting moments framed by the lens. In the end, each writer produced four to five pieces of writing, but sadly just one photo and poem/prose piece will be chosen for each photographer/writer pairing.
Here’s a shot of the chosen images:
It’s a project that speaks a lot to me, as I see a lot of correlation between the composition of an image and a poem; the deliberation of a frame, the gluttonous act of observation, imagined moments with their plangent emotive thread, spilling out from what was and wasn’t captured by the eye.
Here’s an example featuring a quirky dialogue by Daniela Beltrani paired with a photograph by Chee Wei Teck.
The postcards come out in March and will be distributed free island-wide, watch out for them!Read More
After two and a half years and a lot of ink and tears, Loud Mouth is finally here.
This started life as a proposed anthology of spoken word poetry from Singapore, a collection of poems from pioneering poets in the scene to contemporary troubadours of the stage. But over time it morphed into a series of chapbooks by eight poets contemporary to the scene. However, grants and other circumstances only allowed four books to be published. So, the launch is finally happening, 14th March, 6pm at Artistry. Come join us for an evening of spoken word.
There’s Deborah Emmanuel with ‘When I Giggle in my Sleep,’ Jennifer Champion with ‘A History of Clocks,’ and Victoria Lim with ‘Dreadful.’ And me!
Here’s a preview of what my cover is going to look like:
We’ve finally launched! Mackerel is here. It’s a brand new travel stories site by Carolyn and me.
Right now, it’s just the two of us, so we do all the writing, photography and general running around.
The mackerel is a nimble fish. Unique, hardy and suited for traveling long distances, an old French definition of the word is a broker, an intermediary. We are a conduit of experiences; bringing a creative, sometimes critical eye onto unique places, people and passions in life.
There are five kinds of stories on Mackerel, click through for a sample of each:
Comment – Our version of an op-ed
Portrait – A feature on an individual or team whom we believe to be particularly inspiring
Braised – Anything and everything to do with food
Review – We are always on the lookout for unique experiences
Sketch – Here is the arty heart of Mackerel; be it poetry, video or a photo essay