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Book Bites: CERIPH #3 at Books Actually

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So June a.k.a. MizHalle got published in a local literary journal – the 4th Issue of Ceriph (actually it’s Ceriph #3 because they started with Ceriph #0) and initially invited us to the Reading at Kinokuniya that was to be held tomorrow (18th June 2011). But thanks to the Books Actually Facebook group, I found out that there was going to be another reading at Books Actually the day before (17th June 2011).

Hence, I went down.

Ceriph #3, all nice and wrapped up.

I was pretty early so I bought some stuff and Ceriph #3 in advance before the crowd was due to be around. MizHalle came slightly before the whole thing started. Managed to meet Wei Fen (editor) and Constance (a.k.a schnoc on NaNoWriMo) before the reading started.

Books Actually before the reading.

Soon after, the readings started. At this point I shall let the pictures speak for themselves.

1st Reader: John Savage, who wrote “A Sense of Weightlessness” for his girlfriend =)
2nd Reader: June =) who wrote “Yaya Papaya”. We actually read that piece quite some time back and she submitted it because it was not doing any good sitting in her laptop. So glad to see that it’s published =)
3rd Reader: Corey Kupfer. He wrote “on pretending to cry”, “Golden Mile” and “Lucrecia”. “Golden Mile” was based on experience at Beach Road, where many Thai people in Singapore congregate.
4th Reader: Loh Guan Liang, who wrote “Big Sweep”. I think of all the poems that were read in this session, this poem struck me the most and mainly for a reason that I will explain briefly about later in this post. =)
5th Reader: Stephanie J. Burt, who wrote “For Patricia and Other Matters”. One of the few Prose pieces that were read during the session.
6th Reader: Leonard Ng, writer of “Mute Swan” and “Ferdinand to Miranda”. A little deep but I’d like to learn how to recite poetry like he does – I could kinda visualise “Mute Swan” while it was being read.
7th Reader: Constance, who wrote, “Engineering a Poem” – proving the point that Literature is to be accessible to all and not just a select few.
8th Reader: Wayne Cheong, who wrote and read “Darwin Talking to God”. It was pretty amusing, to say the least, especially in its presentation.
9th Reader (I think): Amanda Lee, writer of “Five Minutes to Three”. Just a heads up for people who have Ceriph #3, if you think that the format’s interesting, wait til you get to the crux of the story. Just saying =)
Last reader for the day: Dominic Nah, who wrote “No Sofa Here”, based on an abandoned sofa he saw at a void deck. I found this poem really funny but highly relatable, since it incorporated various aspects of Singlish that you’d find really familiar at home =).

Wei Fen spoke at the end, giving us some insight into how editing Ceriph was like. And at this point, she also give her views on how writing could bring out issues that do not receive as much concern as it should or that people do not seem to be aware about and how Literature should be accessible to everyone.

This was something I could agree with and that could probably be why I absolutely loved Guan Liang’s “Big Sweep”. It was related to an issue that I felt should be the concern of people who could reach out and help, whether directly or indirectly.

Also, I think people who have been reading this blog would probably be sick of myself saying this but Literature should be accessible, regardless of audience or whether it’s literary or genre and writing, more often than not, should be about the “what ifs” and what you want to put out there.

To be honest, I still have doubts on the whole “clear cut” distinction with both because well, I have yet to see a piece that it purely on the other end of the stick but that shall be another blog.

Nonetheless, a great night of literary goodness and discussions. Plus a great energy booster from a somewhat dry/ tired spell from writing, been thinking of too many and doing too much at the same time.

It is now time to focus.

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