Deep Cut: The Books That Saved My Life
“Trauma is a time traveller.” –Junot Diaz
From George Orwell who held his guilt of breaking a cup for more than 20 years to Slyvia Plath’s eternal trauma from her father’s death: the power that childhood experiences have over us is immense.
In this session of Deep Cut, let author Charmaine Leung take you through the shame and pain of her childhood—from the forced secrecy on her family’s background to the glaring incompleteness of her family—and the words and worlds of books that carried her through those difficult periods.
About Deep Cut
Inspired by the term deep cut—used in the music industry to refer to the b-sides or songs of an artist that are not well known or conventionally played—this year-long series explores both unconventional intersections in literature and the little-known sides to authors.
Our venue partner, Littered with Books, is an independent bookseller in Duxton housing a range of carefully curated literary books!
October 27, 2018—The Language of Mothers
with Heng Siok Tian
December 15, 2018—un/conditional love
with Jinny Koh
February 16, 2019—The Secret Lives of Food
with Charmaine Chan
June 15, 2019—The Art of Tennis
with Noelle Q. de Jesus
August 17, 2019—The Art of Being Present
with Ow Yeong Wai Kit and Muzakkir Samat
October 19, 2019—The Poetics of Martial Arts
with Loh Guan Liang
About the author
Charmaine Leung is a Singaporean writer who writes about human relationships and the dynamics brought about by change. When she is not writing, Charmaine is a curious traveller who enjoys roaming the globe to photograph landscapes and communities in off-the-beaten tracks, and often draws inspiration for her writing from her travels.
Her first published book, 17A Keong Saik Road, a work of creative non-fiction about her growing up years in Chinatown, was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018.
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