Writing The City: Nurturing Singapore’s written voice
What is a writer?
â€œThink of salmon swimming up stream against the current, heading towards home. This is you, the individual existing within the crowd. This is you: the writer. Swim, swim and swim again. Or, to put it another way, write, write and write again. Even if the world ignores you or obstructs you … even if no one cares whether you can write or not, just write because you want to. There is no better reason.â€
These words are spoken by Singapore author Suchen Christine Lim in â€œThe Individual and the City,â€ one of six short, episodic films produced for Writing the City.
Part of a major arts project, Civic Life, Writing the City was launched in early 2011 as a collaboration between the British Council and the National Arts Council.
The project provides opportunities for writers to come together and produce, share and discuss their work. Suchen sits on a panel of published Asian writers, which counts among its members Alvin Pang, Jeremy Sheldon, Alfian bin Saâ€™at, Daren Shiau, Dave Chua, Desmond Kon, Eleanor Wong, Julia Bell, Madeleine Lee, Ng Yi-Sheng, Pooja Nansi and Tessa Sheridan.