New poem

‘A bird i catch || to eat’

Second prize in the Mslexia Poetry Contest,

Read it in the print version of

Mslexia, no.93.


‘Language flies around the page … and

finally lands as a small bird.’

— Judge Pascale Petit

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Check out this new podcast complete with poem prompt from me. @poetrynonstop in the UK discusses my collection Sign Language for the Death of Reason and how to address difficult experiences through poetry. You can buy my book at The Book Hive in Norwich or @booksactually or @kinokuniya_singapore. The interviewer is poet @patrickwiddess who has recently shared about his late-adult diagnosis of autism. #podcast #poetry #mentalhealth @bebravemycaptain @expressing_through_salummy @uealdc ...

Nice review of brilliant NZ poet Tayi Tibble in the UK's Guardian (see below). I was lucky enough to be in Tayi's class in the MA in Creative Writing 2017 at IIML, Victoria University of Wellington. Was writing a memoir (Loss Adjustment) at the time, but the poets in the class were a huge influence - and I'm now doing an MA in Poetry at UEA. The review also includes Caroline Bird, so Tayi is in amazing company. #poetry @bebravemycaptain @sophiepoetry @sam_duckor_jones @_claireoloughlin @cyrilsingstheblues @uealdc Here's the review: ...

Gorgeous cover, yeah?! Available for pre-order, this anthology includes a poem by me, End Notes. It's compiled by the Creative Writing Society of the University of East Anglia, UK. My thanks to Egg Box Publishing.
End Notes is informed by Singapore poet Hamid Roslan's parsetreeforestfire, and by feedback from fellow MA students Oliver Shrouder, Ella Finch, and Olivia Tuck among others about Tara Bergin's Notes from the Arboretum, & Nabokov's Pale Fire.
It looks at personal, linguistic, and sovereign state identity, and the tension between creative and academic writing. #poetry @ueacws @uealdc @bebravemycaptain @elsiefinch_99 @oshrouder @oliverxhancock @expressing_through_salummy @eneidaescribe @marbledmayhem @theherbariumprints
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Nice to get a mention in the latest e-zine of The Poetry Society. #poetry #signlanguageforthedeathofreason #amwriting ...

At London Book Fair with @jacarandaliteraryagency, writer @kavitha.m.rao & and UEA students including @byadrija Adrija Ghosh; @expressing_through_salummy Salma Yusuf; @bebravemycaptain Olivia Tuck; @oshrouder Oliver Shrouder #LBF22 #books Pic: @oliverxhancock @litsocuea @ueacws @londonbookfair ...

Part of a poetry lightbox event curated by dear poet friend Sarah Scott in Wellington, New Zealand. This piece is by Tessa Scott, who writes: ‘For the next 3 weeks, you can wander down to the corner of Arthur & Cuba in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington and visit my hybrid poem/image "the flowering woman, or, Daphne in Te Aro" in the Thistle Hall Lightbox 🎉 I’m so grateful to poet and curator extraordinaire Sarah Scott @theherbariumprints for the opportunity.’
#poetry #wellington

Delighted to announce that I am runner-up in the UK’s Mslexia Poetry Contest, judged by Pascale Petit, with a poem set in Singapore and the Philippines about intergenerational and intercultural trauma. Workshopped at the University of East Anglia MA in Creative Writing. Grateful to amazing tutor Sophie Robinson @sophiepoetry & my classmates including @vivmkemp @gabriellelanegriot @trissiecoleshaw @hetty.writes @sarahcrowe65 @evediariden & many others. also @ethosbooks & @awapress #LossAdjustment #signlanguageforthedeathofreason #poetry

Pleased to announce that the world Chinese translation rights to my memoir, Loss Adjustment, published by Ethos Books Singapore, have been sold to Beijing Guangchen in a deal brokered by Grayhawk Literary Agency. Made it into PublishersMarketplace. Many thanks to the rights team @ethosbooks including @suningk & @arinalycia. Victoria' story continues to go out into the world. @malpixo @shazzm @uealdc @marbledmayhem @sophiepoetry #memoir #booksofinstagram #nonfiction #singlit #nzsocietyofauthors #societyofauthors ...

'We are more in touch dead than alive'.
A reader of Loss Adjustment sent this photo from her living room in Singapore, you can just see the kingfisher. She also sent the beautiful poem below. I am sharing as she gave me permission, and perhaps someone out there might need to read this:
Dear Linda, I was working from home this week with our living room view ahead of me and I saw a kingfisher and was reminded of Victoria. Later that night I couldn’t sleep and penned this down. It’s not edited or refined but I wanted to share it with you as another reminder that your daughter’s legacy lives on. She’s touched me without even knowing me. Sending love! X Sharah

I saw a kingfisher today and thought of you,
It was fast, and vivid, and brilliant blue.
It’s funny, how our lives ran parallel;
Same age, same land, same dance class,
And yet we never said so much as hi.
Equally shy.
You are in the sky but you keep me grounded -
Remind me of what could have been.
We are more in touch dead than alive.
I was dead once, but even in my grave you reminded me that I was not alone.
I’m still struggling to find our place, earthbound.
But when I do, I’ll speak to you.
Until I see you again,
Blue brushing against green,
You are more alive than ever,
In reality and dreams.

#LossAdjustment @ethosbooks @awapress #MentalHealthAwareness #signlanguageforthedeathofreason
#poetry @ueacws

Sign Language for the Death of Reason is top of the list from @bebravemycaptain. Thanks so much, Olivia Tuck. #poetry. Get it from @thebookhive or @kinokuniya_singapore or @unitybookswgtn or @universitybookshopotago ...

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