Literary Arts

AfterWords—Where Do I Belong?

Organised by: Ethos Books
  • Date:
    11 May 2017
  • Time:
  • Duration:
    1h 30min
  • Venue:
    Marine Parade Public Library
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  • Language:
    English, with mentions of Cantonese words
  • Admission:
    Free, by RSVP
  • Advisory:
    Suitable for all ages


Is national heritage the only kind of heritage that matters? What does our personal heritage say about ourselves, and can we revisit our past to redeem ourselves in the present?

As part of the launch of 17A Keong Saik Road by Charmaine Leung this month, we'll be talking about home and belonging – but with a twist. What if we think of heritage not as something that predates us, but a half-formed mound of clay which we will shape: a creation of past and present. How then can writing be a tool to help us in the shaping process and to finally come into acceptance of where we belong?

Moderated by Aaron Lee
Venue — Programme Zone, Level 2 of Marine Parade Library.
Free Admission.

Selected pages will be available as handouts. Alternatively, pick up a copy of the book on our webstore, or on the day itself!


Aaron Lee Soon Yong is a pilgrim poet, writing mentor, community organiser and ethics lawyer based in Singapore. His three books of poetry—including Coastlands published in 2014—are critically acclaimed, as is the best-selling book No Other City: the Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry that he co-edited. He and his wife, the national artist Namiko Chan Takahashi, co-founded the Laniakea Culture Collective in 2014.

AfterWords—Where Do I Belong?