Singapore Book Club: Shrines and Streetlights

Shrines and Streetlights

Date: Friday, 21 September 2012
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: The Pod, Level 16, National Library Board

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Synopsis of the Book:

Shrines and Streetlights is the debut poetry collection of a young Singaporean whose keen eye belies maturity beyond his eighteen years. Shrines and Streetlights juxtaposes the old and the new, youth and age – it compares love with loss, it reconciles life with death. These themes intertwine to capture the intricacy of human realities often fraught with both passions and miseries, and most poignantly, understand their inextricable link.

About the Author:

Ho Ren Chun wrote his first poem when he was 8 years old. Since then, he’s been writing in classrooms, aeroplanes, restaurants, parks, even toilets. Ren Chun self-published a collection of poetry for his family at 13 and has had his writing featured in The Straits Times. He received the Top in the World award for his IGCSE English exam and is finishing his IB Diploma at ACS (International). Someday, he’d like to write a graphic novel. This book is his first publication.

About the Guest Speaker:

A world-renowned writer and scholar, Kirpal Singh has a reputation for breaking boundaries and carving new areas for research and thinking. His book, Thinking Hats and Coloured Turbans: Creativity Across Cultures (2004), brought a new way of looking at creativity and innovation into play. Kirpal Singh has read his works across the world, and he has been invited to lecture and conduct seminars at some of the world’s best-known universities. Currently, Kirpal Singh teaches at SMU, where he is also Director of the Wee Kim Wee Centre.

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