Singapore’s new literary discovery launches debut novel

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DarylDaryl Qilin Yam, an international student from Singapore studying English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick is set to become a published author the same year he graduates.

According to a University of Warwick media statement, his highly anticipated fiction title, Kappa Quartet published by Epigram Books is due to be launched at the Singapore Writers festival in November this year, where he is set to be a featured author. Daryl is in the process of finalising the publication of his book, while finishing his undergraduate degree.

Kappa Quartet will be published in September. 

Daryl said: “I couldn’t have written this book without the support I have received from the University. The diverse community on the Warwick campus and my study abroad year at the University of Tokyo were a huge inspiration for my book. I wanted to show creatively that no matter where people come from, essentially, we are all the same.

“I wanted to explore the vast interconnectedness of life, the idea we form relationships and are connected to each other is the foundation of humanity. Warwick’s varied, connected community inspired and motivated me to write on this theme. I now have friends from such interesting and varied places.”

Daryl chose to study at the University of Warwick to be in a creative environment and to be a part of the Creative Writing programme, taught by Professor Ian Sansom, who became Daryl’s personal tutor.

‘We are lucky to have students like Daryl at Warwick: talented, determined, totally committed to his art and craft as a writer,” said Professor Ian Sansom of the University of Warwick’s English department. “Oscar Wilde once said that youth is ‘the Lord of Life’. Encouraging young and emerging writers to seize opportunities and to achieve their full potential – to show them the vast kingdom they are heir to – is one of the things that the Warwick Writing Programme seeks to achieve.”

Daryl’s prose and poetry has already been published in a number of anthologies and literary journals, including Esquire (Singapore)LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative FictionOF ZOOSQuarterly Literary Review Singapore, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.

In July, Daryl will start work at Sing Lit Station, a literary non-profit organisation based in Singapore, the media statement said. He will be their first full time member of staff and will help to develop programmes and initiatives to develop new and emerging writers. The next phase of operations will look to encourage and support established writers. In addition to this Daryl and Sing Lit Station will be managing a publishing imprint and conducting workshops with aspiring poets.



Author: Zafar Anjum

I am a writer based in Singapore.

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