Thought you might like to see some photos from the Urban Odysses launch today.
Actor Mano Maniam* gave a very powerful speech about the importance of storytelling and ofcapturing this comparatively young city which is a cross-roads for almost all cultures and religions on the page. He was incredibly encouraging of the writers ...
Here's the mock-up copy of the book he signed ... . Isn't the art work (by Chor Shy Miin) great?
And those writers who could make it. I can't put names to all the faces, I'm afraid, so please help me fill in the blanks someone!
Paul Gnanaselvam is at the far left, Rachel Chan is the lady in red, Daphne Lee is the one with her head on the picture (but who is behind her?), Yusof Martin is the mat salleh guy with the beard, Tan May Lee is at the far right.
I would have loved a speech from Eric and Janet, the two editors, but those guys are incredibly self-effacing! For sure, the collection wouldn't have happened without their determination to get it off the ground, and their hard work in putting it together.
I was a bit sad because afterwards most of the writers seemed to disappear quickly before I had time to chat with them or buy the book to get it signed by them ... Maybe it was my fault for gossiping too long with Daphne, Twan Eng and Lansell in the Book Cafe! (There were so many friends there I hadn't sen for a while ...)
Anyway, if any of the writers read this, I would love to extend an invitation to participate in a future Readings@Seksan. Give'em a nudge would you??
(*Here's a piece by Zahara Othman about Mano's recent performance in London.)
I should definitely link here this post on Eric's blog featuring some of the writers whose stories were chosen.