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Writer's Spotlight: Felix Cheong

 

Felix Cheong is the author of 12 books, including four volumes of poetry and a trilogy of satirical short stories, Singapore Siu Dai. His works have been nominated for the prestigious Frank O’ Connor Award and the Singapore Literature Prize. His latest, Use Your Head, is a children’s illustrated activity storybook.

Conferred the Young Artist of the Year for literature in 2000 by the National Arts Council, he was named by Reader’s Digest as the 29th Most Trusted Singaporean in 2010. Felix has been invited to read at writer’s festivals all over the world— Edinburgh, West Cork, Austin, Sydney, Brisbane, Christchurch, and Hong Kong.

Felix holds a Master’s in creative writing from the University of Queensland and is currently an adjunct university lecturer.

From The True Story of Ah Que
The Singapore Siu Dai, 2014

Years later, when they finally dug the island city out of the mud, archaeologists would find skeletons in long, orderly lines, outside fast food chains known historically as Mc’s. The find generated much heated debate in academia.

“There was widespread famine in 2013,” one historian wrote. “People died while queuing for rations.” Another speculated that for these ancient islanders, queuing was a rite of passage that built tribal conformity and patience.

They would never understand that behind these queues was a cat, a false idol, a creature so devious it had no mouth. But it could still summon people to waste their time, lose their cool and sleep to acquire it.

An utterly pointless but painful want.

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