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Stephanie Street is an actress and writer, born and raised in Singapore. She later moved to the UK, where she has been going from strength to strength. However, back here in Singapore, Stephanie has been noted as the playwright who crafted one of the most sublime plays in recent years. Dragonflies captures the mood of the moment with its themes of dispossession, xenophobia and climate change.
It focuses on Leslie, who is forced to leave the UK after Brexit and make his way back to Singapore. However, the Singapore he encounters is vastly different from the Singapore he left behind all those years ago; and he is made to question the meaning of what is home, truly.
Here, Stephanie shares all about the wonderful world of Dragonflies.
It was a sad day when we heard that award-winning Filipino comic book artist Gerry Alanguilan had passed away.
Just a couple of weeks prior, we were communicating via email with Gerry about the Singapore edition of Elmer, the seminal graphic novel that put him on the global map. Incidentally, his book is also first in line for Epigram's new collection of graphic novels.
While he stated that he would not be able to travel, he sent us a document sharing his thoughts about Elmer, adding: "I'm so glad I have this chance to share my story further there. To be honest, I can't wait to find out what Singaporeans think about it."
"The number eight (8) is usually considered a lucky number by Chinese people. I will be turning eighty on 27 January 2020, so I guess I must believe, though I am not superstitious, that luck is on my side. I’m lucky to be eighty, and remain in good health; and as a writer, to remain relevant..."
So begins this essay by Robert Yeo. The acclaimed author/poet/playwright has led a storied and colourful career and life. In this candid reflection, he shares what it means to mark yet another milestone.
Two months after the release of the 2020 Epigram Books Fiction Prize shortlist, Epigram is proud to announce the winner of this year's competition–and he is none other than Malaysian writer, Joshua Kam. The award ceremony and gala dinner was held at the Conrad Centennial Singapore last night, on 16 January 2020. Joshua won more than just a year's worth of bragging rights–the 23-year-old brings home S$25,000 in prize money and a publishing contract with Epigram Books. Joshua is the youngest winner of the Prize to date.
In her YA novel, Lion Boy and Drummer Girl, award-winning author Pauline Loh introduced us to the world of Leopop—where lion dance has become as popular as K-pop, with charming boys entertaining hordes of screaming fangirls. Now, Pauline returns to that universe once again for her follow-up, Lion Boys and Fan Girls. Two of the lion dancers—Prome (short for Prometheus) and Mercury (not short for anything)—are determined that their troupe, Lion Legends, be the pride of lion dance in the Lion City. So they both make a pact: no dating until they become the best that they can be. But even the best-laid plans can go awry. Pauline's imagination and creativity have been evident in her children's books, (such as Robot in My Playground) and her non-fiction books (Keep Calm and Mother On), and here, she sheds light on the story behind the story of Lion Boys and Fan Girls.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, with the streets already aglow with the familiar festive lights, and malls playing those catchy Christmas carols. But for those still wracking your brains over what to get for your family and friends, we've just the gift for you: Our cool collection of books. (Why books? Well, they're entertaining, don't need to be recharged, don't need connectivity and, as Stephen King said, "books are a uniquely portable magic".) Here then is our list of recommended gifts that will surely to put you in everyone's good books (or as Santa likes to call it: his "Nice List").
The best thing you can give a child is the gift of imagination. And what better way to do that than with books? Books open a whole new world of wonder and excitement, and as bestselling author Stephen King once said, “books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent." Here then are our top recommendations to put a smile on your children's faces this Christmas:
Christopher Tan is an award-winning writer and cooking instructor whose articles, columns, recipes and photographs have appeared in several publications, not least The Sunday Times, The Straits Times, The Peak magazine and Saveur magazine. He also conducts talks and cooking demonstrations, and has authored and co-authored many cookbooks, including Chinese Heritage Cooking, Ask The Foodie, NerdBaker and his latest, The Way of Kueh. It's packed with loads of kueh recipes and engrossing stories of the kueh makers who, for generations, have been perfecting these tasty treats. Here, Chris offers a glimpse into what it takes to go The Way of Kueh.
There were so many amazing submissions this time around, our team at Epigram Books was simply spoilt for choice, as the manuscripts were nothing short of phenomenal, as much as they are diverse! Now, we are finally on our last lap of the competition, and are proud to present to you the cream of the crop–our 2020 Epigram Books Fiction Prize shortlist: