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Singapore Shelf: Liang Wern Fook’s first book in English translation, Felix Cheong’s bumper crop of titles

By happy coincidence, Singaporean poet Felix Cheong will put out a bumper crop of seven books in a year, ranging from poetry to graphic novels to a United Kingdom reissue of his popular humour series, Singapore Siu Dai (2014 to 2016).

But the 58-year-old writer is not taking this windfall of publications for granted.

Between 2017 and 2023, he says, he had received more than 30 rejections from publishers and funding bodies such that he even talked to his wife about giving up.

Along with her encouragement to keep publishing, Cheong – who received the Young Artist Award for Literature in 2000 – decided he had to take things into his own hands and stage his reinvention.

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