Friday, 17 February 2017

Writing retreats in Asia (and Iceland)

Attention writers! Authors at Large is now accepting applications for three writing retreats this summer.  Each retreat includes private time for writing workshops in fiction and nonfiction led by a network of published, award-winning author-teachers and time for informal salons and conversations about the writing life.  The dates are:
Siglufjörður, Iceland May 27 to June 1 - deadline for applications March 11
Hua Hin, Thailand July 16 to 22 - deadline for applications June 2
Telunas Private Island, Indonesia July 23 to 28 - deadline for applications June 2

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Lion City Lit: The Eloquent Orifice by Lucía Damacela

Asian Books Blog is based in Singapore. Lion City Lit explores in-depth what’s going on in the City-State, lit-wise.  In Lucía Damacela’s fourth installment of her series about Singapore online literary magazines, her focus is on The Eloquent Orifice.
Founded in 2013 by a group of creative professionals, including the current Editor-in-Chief Crispin Rodrigues and Creative Director Geraldine Tan, The Eloquent Orifice (EO) is an online academic literary journal created to bring the arts “within reach of those who believe in the power of critical thought, active discussion and passionate creation in the shaping of contemporary society.”
EO is always open for submissions of original literary pieces, articles and art works. Published twice a year, one issue is out at the beginning and one at the end of the year. Their sixth and seventh issues combined are soon to be released.
Geraldine Tan, an editor and writer currently doing post-graduate studies in Melbourne, and Crispin Rodrigues, and educator, writers and editor, responded to questions about the magazine’s history, purpose and functioning.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


Hello anybody out there...After the temporary closure since November, the blog will be reopening tomorrow, with normal service resumed within 2 weeks - when I get back to Singapore from the USA.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Temporary closure until after Chinese New Year

I am temporarily closing the blog,  until after Chinese New Year  - i.e. until Feb 2017.  I'll keep tweeting and sharing links to Facebook, though, so keep an eye on those accounts, if you can, and I do hope you check out the blog when it re-opens. Thanks, Rosie. 

Friday, 4 November 2016

Highlights of Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2016 By Lucía Damacela

The thirteenth edition of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, one of Southeast Asia’s leading literary events, concluded this October 30th. Over five days, around 170 authors, artists and performers from more than 20 countries took centre stage, the largest contingent being from Indonesia and Australia.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Published Today: Intruder In Mao’s Realm by Richard Kirkby

Intruder In Mao’s Realm, by British academic Richard Kirkby, provides an insider’s view of China in the final throes of the Cultural Revolution and its immediate aftermath.  

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Social Sunday

Sundays used to be for lounging with the papers, now they are just as likely for lounging with iPads. So if you're lazily clicking around looking for something to read, here are a few suggestions, focussing on what's going on lit-wise in Asia.