Book Club 05.09.18

Book Club Meet 1

Hey booknerds, we’re finally kickstarting our first session of Book Club!

This week, we will be looking at a few war poetry by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and tackle some questions about war and its destruction to society.

If you love yourself an intellectual debate, come and join us!


Reflection:

War is often romanticised because people write stories about them after the war. One might say that this only propagates the Lie: dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. But sometimes there is a need to romanticise these stories–for all their unbearable suffering–to make it feel worthwhile.

Through the eyes of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, we are able to see the horrors of the First World War. All written in protest and criticism of the war, we wondered, why couldn’t they have physically protested instead? Why write a poem about it? What sort of change were they hoping to invoke in society with just words?

Protests not only exists for that time only, it merely informs us about what people were unhappy about. We are not able to relate and empathise with the soldiers. However, the written word is able to transcend generations and give us a first-hand experience of the pain and destruction.

War brings out the worst in people. It’s almost as if humans just lose all sense of reasoning. They know it is wrong and yet they still do it because they don’t have to face the consequences of their actions. At least, not yet.

In discussing if all is really fair in love and war, we have come to a general consensus that biological and chemical warfare is a big no. Future generations of people should not be made to pay for the battles of a previous generation. Think about Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. More than 40 years on, the war may be over but the children of Agent Orange live on.

While we can all agree that war is bad, it does not always mean destruction. We looked at the example of human experimentation in Unit 731. Completely unethical, and yet advancements in science were made. Eventually, it all boils down to what do we value? Do the positive outcomes outweigh the negative? Are the loss of lives worth it? Is the destabilisation in society worth it? Is anything worth it?

Surely there must be a better way to handle political disagreements… We posited the idea of having political leaders fight it out in a wrestling ring or a private island. Hahaha! Jokes aside, here’s a thought: after every war, we conclude that war is bad and it should not happen again. But it always does. Why is that so?

Maybe we’re still learning. Then again, maybe we never learnt at all.

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An Evening of Poetry and Music 2018

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We hope you had a great time last night!

Thank you, Amber Lin and The MadHatter Project for coming down and to all for being a part of NUS Literary Society x SMU Literati’s An Evening of Poetry and Music.

We hope to see you again next year!

Creative Writing Competition 2017

Hey all you budding writers! Once again, it’s that time of the year!

We are now accepting submissions for Creative Writing Competition 2017! The closing date for soft-copy entries is 31st January 2017, and corresponding hard-copy entries must be received by 31st January 2017.

As usual, the three categories this year are Prose, Poetry and Playwriting. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st Prize: $150

2nd Prize: $100

3rd Prize: $50

All entries must be accompanied by the entrant registration form and are subject to the CWC Rules and Regulations, which can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/…/1Z7LdS8aD0TXBVo8YD16HXLX6wS…/edit…

Hosted by NUS Literary Society, CWC has been an annual competition meant for young adult writers to flex their literary muscles. Winning works from past CWCs can be found on our very own creative e-zine at nussymbal.wordpress.com

All the best!

Creative Writing Competition 2016

The time has come.

Submissions for Creative Writing Competition 2016 are now open. Closing date for soft-copy entries is 31st January 2016, and corresponding hard-copy entries must be received by 31st January 2016.

As usual, the three categories this year are Prose, Poetry and Playwriting. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st Prize: $150 (and bragging rights)!

2nd Prize: $100

3rd Prize: $50

All entries must be accompanied by the entrant registration form and are subject to the CWC Rules and Regulations, which can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BoBNg6Y09BXFUQjD4tknm0iEK7TOWgetYRiMiVzhOjE/edit

Hosted by NUS Literary Society, CWC has been an annual competition meant for young adult writers to flex their literary muscles. Winning works from past CWCs can be found on Litsoc’s very own creative e-zine at nussymbal.wordpress.com

All the best!

Presenting…the winners of CWC 2015!

Here are the talented and lucky winners of CWC 2015!

Congratulations to all winners and a great big thank you to all who bravely tried their hand at writing! We hope all of you had a great time at EPM 2015, and thank you once again for making this event possible.

Poetry

First Prize: Jedidiah Huang Qi, Resistance

Second Prize: Tong Jia Jun, Keith, Fragmented

Third Prize: Lee Xue Ning Vanessa, The Day the Stars Died

Honourable Mention: Tommy Khywnn Looi, Nightfall

Honourable Mention: Alison Tee Xin Yi, Thinking of the Window

Prose

First Prize: Kevin Martens Wong Zhi Qiang, A Merlion for His Majesty

Second Prize: Wu Xueting, A Torrential Rush of Colours

Third Prize: Alison Tee Xin Yi, Sadhana and the Whale

Honourable Mention: Ho Ching Yee, Greener Grass

Honourable Mention: Alison Tee Xin Yi, The Impossibility of Apostasy

Honourable Mention: Jolene Gina Abelarde, Middle Ground

Honourable Mention: Tan Tiang Pong Justin, The Great Oegel of Calais

Honourable Mention: Alexandria Nicole Schoon, Cyanide (the pathway home)

Honourable Mention: Regina Fong Cai Ru, Understated Juxtaposition of a Dream

Plays

Second Prize: Gina Chew Xin Yu, Love and Other Crazy Things and Waking Up From Life

Creative Writing Competition 2015

Dear friends,

Submissions for the Creative Writing Competition are now open. Do note that the closing date for soft-copy and hard-copy entries is  31 January 2015, 2359 hrs.

 

CWC 2015

This year, there are three categories for submissions – poetry, prose and plays. We are pleased to announce that the judges for the three categories are Felix Cheong, Ann Ang and NUS Literature professor Dr Gilbert Yeoh respectively.

Felix Cheong is a poet and a recipient of the National Arts Council (NAC) Young Artist Award for Literature in 2000. An active promoter of the Singapore literary arts scene, he currently works as a freelance writer and is also the chief editor for art-e, an ezine by the LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts. He is also an adjunct lecturer with Murdoch University, University of Newcastle, Temasek Polytechnic and LASALLE College of the Arts. His latest work is Singapore Siu Dai 2,a collection of satirical flash fiction.

Ann Ang is a poet and educator, and has recently been involved with the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF). Her first collection of short stories, entitled Bang My Car, was also launched at SWF 2012. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction works have been published in many journals and publications such as the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and the Kartika Review. She is also a volunteer nature guide at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Dr Gilbert Yeoh is a senior lecturer at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and his teaching areas centre on twentieth century literature.He is also our current faculty advisor, and has provided us with much-needed guidance from time to time.

Do read the submission guidelines thoroughly when submitting your work(s). The entry form can be downloaded here: CWC 2015 Entry Form.

An Evening of Poetry and Music 2014

Be there!
EPM 2014
26 Feb 5-8pm 2014
University Town NUS

Dear friends,

The Evening of Poetry and Music will be held on the 26th of February this year! It will be held at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium at University Town NUS from 5-8pm. Dinner will be provided.

As part of our long-standing tradition, we will be inviting the winners of the Creative Writing Competition 2014 to read excerpts from their winning entry. We have also invited some exciting guest performers like Jonathan Meur to grace the event.

Entry for the event is free-of-charge. However, we will be implementing a pay-as-you-please system at the end of the event. Do come down and join us for a wonderful evening!

Here are the winners:

Poetry
First Prize : Jessie Lim Jia Hui, Accidental Love
Second Prize: Tang Rei-En, Careless, I always misplace things

Prose
First Prize : Ang Jing Wei, The Wager
Second Prize: Vanessa Ng Qiu Rui, The Cat Without A Tail
Third Prize: Pek Wen Jie, Broken Things

Play
Honorable Mention : Isaac Lee Tze Fung, Service Work