Writing the City

Writing the City The Arts House National Arts Council spacer British Council

Read, watch and listen to creative works by Writing the City members. Please add your thoughts, comments and responses. At Writing the City, we like constructive feedback that supports the writer. Join our discussion on feedback here.
Featured Posts

The Island is You By wanphing in Competitions, Island of Dreams

Sham received a text from Junnie to take down his instagram photo, an instax polaroid of the both of them that he had styled on the dashboard of his 1966 Volkswagen Beetle. She had sounded stern and firm, angry perhaps, but it didn’t matter. Sham loved making her angry –    …

October 23, 2015


Voice By iggykoh in Competitions, Island of Dreams This is a little piece on unrequited love and I think that it's always a fear of everyone's that eats at us.
November 7, 2015


My Island Of Dreams By alhafizsanusi in Competitions, Genre, Island of Dreams, Poetry As Singaporeans, we have aspirations that we want to achieve living here in Singapore. But what about those emigrating here for work, in our Singapore, often dubbed as the Island Of Dreams?
December 23, 2015


All Posts

Knock Knock By FuentesW in Poetry

What kind of knock, knock? Is there a door for a knock? Hard knock or soft knock? Loud knock or quiet knock? Have you disturbed the lock or you disturbed it with the knock? I do not disturb the lock by knock, In fact disturb a person behind a door    …

April 1, 2016


We love so we live By FuentesW in Shakespeare lives ... in Singapore It is a very simple poem with simple wordings to reflect my feeling about the tragic ending for Romeo and Juliet. I believe everybody has a choice to choose and be responsible for every single action they executed and every single decision they have made.
April 1, 2016


Clean By Al in Poetry, Shakespeare lives ... in Singapore I was inspired while reading Salih's "Seasons of Migration to the North" and his multiple uses of Shakespearean allusions in his novel. This poem tries to speak about identity and belonging for both the person who feels like he or she doesn't belong, as well as the person who deceives himself or herself into belonging.
March 30, 2016


Letter to a Young Civil Servant By theophiluskwek in Shakespeare lives ... in Singapore

Letter To A Young Civil Servant after Sonnet LXXXIII ‘I found, or thought I found, you did exceed That barren tender of a poet’s debt…’ – William Shakespeare Finally, remember that there are ways To proffer praise without your saying so. If silence speaks your mind, then rest your case    …

March 30, 2016


Untitled By oulenale in Competitions, Fiction, Genre, Shakespeare lives ... in Singapore

Jackson and Siti are university classmates who fell in love with each other. They were enjoying their dinner date in a coffeeshop when they chanced upon a brawl that was nearby. They backed away but somebody caught Jackson’s eye. “Eddy! Eddy!”, Jackson shouted at one of the boys fighting. Siti    …

March 28, 2016


Untitled By oulenale in Shakespeare lives ... in Singapore

Jackson and Siti are university classmates who fell in love with each other. They were enjoying their dinner date in a coffeeshop when they chanced upon a brawl that was nearby. They backed away but somebody caught Jackson’s eye. “Eddy! Eddy!”, Jackson shouted at one of the boys fighting. Siti    …

March 28, 2016


The Fight. By isha in Competitions, Shakespeare lives ... in Singapore

“O beware, my lord of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” Zheng looked at his bloodied hands and then at the two motionless bodies lying in the basketball court. His head was swirling and his ears were ringing. He could feel the    …

March 27, 2016


By any other Singer By escapist in Shakespeare lives ... in Singapore Set in the pre-smartphone era and based on the rivalry I nostalgically remember existed between junior college choirs, which excited many (now amusing) conversations. All characters and references are fictitious.
March 27, 2016


Laser & Light By belldandz in Competitions, Shakespeare lives ... in Singapore This play is an attempt at a modern and Singaporean take on Macbeth. The scenes selected try to stay true to the scenes written by the bard; sketching out the drama between Marcus (MacBeth) and his nemesis Matthew (MacDuff).
March 26, 2016


Wherefore Lit? By Rightangle17 in Fiction, Shakespeare lives ... in Singapore

For never was a day with more mind-numbing monotony. Marianne didn’t remember this being part of the job description. Nights spent marking scripts that were practically illegible? Expected. Getting unruly teenagers to pay attention to their lessons? Challenge accepted. But engaging parents to placate their thousand and one worries? Marianne    …

March 21, 2016