Kitaab launched a new anthology, Singapore at Home: Life across Lines edited by Pallavi Narayan and Iman Fahim Hameed at the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) on 9 November 2021 at The Arts House. The two co-editors along with contributors Clara Mok and Euginia Tan participated in the launch. The event was moderated by poet Shilpa Dikshit Thapliyal.
Stories from this volume offer a rare glimpse into the lives of a diverse cross-section of the island-state’s residents, and invite us into their most intimate space—home. Immigrants, migrants, expats, settled generations bring us into their bedrooms, balconies, kitchens and other spaces, their heartaches, traumas, dreams and desires. In so doing, they reshape their life experiences and their relationships with those whom they share their home. The writers featured in this anthology include Isha B., Azeena Badarudeen, Ilya Katrinnada Binte Zubaidi, Arathi Devandran, Dia Feng-Lowe, Surinder Kaur, Ken Lye, Cecilia Mahendran, Gargi Mehra, Kalpana Mohan, Clara Mok, Payal Morankar, Vanessa Ng Q.R., Rolinda Onates Española, Anna Onni, Anjali Patil, Ranjani Rao, Aparna Das Sadhukhan, Euginia Tan, Audrey Tay and Phyllis Wong.
“A rare glimpse behind the politely but firmly closed doors of the Singaporean heartland, distinguished by its gathering of resident voices across nationalities, ethnicities and creeds,” said Alvin Pang, Ph.D., Poet and Editor, praising this remarkable anthology.
“These stories pack a punch by unpacking familiar themes through intimate scenes and surprising scenarios, regularly hitting too close to home,” remarked Cyril Wong, PhD, Poet & Fictionist, in appreciation of this this volume.
Felix Cheong, Poet and 2000 Young Artist Award (Literature), National Arts Council Singapore, found the anthology “a delightful mix of stories about home, homecoming, homing in on distances that build and separate us.”