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Where I Was: a memoir about forgetting and remembering


Publisher: Ethos Books
S$24.00
  • Description
  • Praise
  • About the Author
  • Where I Was is a rich, entertaining and compelling account of the life of an extraordinary woman. In a land of many cultures, many races, many religions; in a state where politics and public policies impinge, sometimes callously, on the daily lives of its denizens, Constance Singam is an individual marginalised many times over by her status as a woman, an Indian, a widow and a civil society activist. Through humourous and moving accounts, Constance captures in words the images of the people, places and events that are the source of her most powerful memories. These images are connected to key turning points in her personal journey, set against or within the context of important historical events. In this reissue of her 2013 memoir, Constance reflects on current advocacy movements and on the events that led to the AWARE Saga that would shape the rest of her life.

    The bundle comes with:

    - 1 free limited edition bookplate sticker with Constance's illustration and signature (while stocks last)

    - 1 free limited edition postcard with Constance's illustration and signature (while stocks last)

  • “Connie is an inspiration to all activists—on the one hand, she personifies calm, sensitive grace, and on the other hand, she exudes steely, indefatigable determination. I always feel humbled when I’m around her.”
    —Siew Kum Hong, Former Nominated Member of Parliament

    "Constance Singam is the mother of civil society. She has inspired many generations of civil society activists and has provided invaluable historical perspectives and relevance to work we do on the ground. Her boundless energy has been responsible for numerous projects and initiatives that have shaped Singapore's civil society today."
    —Alvin Tan, Founder and Artistic Director, The Necessary Stage

  • Constance Singam is a writer and civil society activist. Constance has led women’s organisations, co-founded civil society groups, been a columnist in national publications, and co-edited several books. Her nonfiction works include Re-Presenting Singapore Women (2004) and The Art of Advocacy in Singapore (2017). She has written two memoirs including Never Leave Home Without Your Chilli Sauce (2016), and three children’s books including Porter the Adventurous Otter (2021). She was inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015.

ISBN: 9789811830136 (Book Only), (Book with Bookplate and Postcard)
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 300
Year Published: 2022
Size: 130mm x 200mm