Writing The City: Nurturing Singapore’s written voice
What is a writer?
“Think 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.”
These words are spoken by Singapore author Suchen Christine Lim in “The Individual and the City,” 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 Sa’at, Daren Shiau, Dave Chua, Desmond Kon, Eleanor Wong, Julia Bell, Madeleine Lee, Ng Yi-Sheng, Pooja Nansi and Tessa Sheridan.