- About the Author
Nine years after his last volume of poetry, Felix Cheong makes a comeback - this time, a collection of poetic outtakes and more recent writings.
B-Sides and Backslides: 1986 - 2018 puts together an unrelenting and honest portrait of the poet as a young man - an undergrad hung up on T.S. Eliot - through the ups and downers of career and marriage, to middle age. It is at once an insightful mapping of his craft over 30 years and a typography of turns and returns of themes and images. Collected here is the full range of Felix's oeuvre, from odes to love to social observations, from religious musings to political satire. Complete with liner (linear) notes documenting the periods between his four books, this anthology will offer you a rare look at a poet's growth and creative process from the inside out.
Felix Cheong is a well-known figure in the Singapore literary scene and the author of eight books, including four volumes of poetry (I Watch The Stars Go Out, Sudden In Youth) and two young adult novels. His third poetry collection, Broken by the Rain (2003), was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize and his collection of short stories, Vanishing Point, was long-listed for the prestigious Frank O’Connor Award in 2013. His work has been widely published in journals, anthologized and featured on radio and TV. Felix has been invited to writers’ festivals all over the world, including Edinburgh, West Cork, Sydney, Christchurch and Hong Kong. Recently, he has also published satirical flash fiction in Singapore Siu Dai and Singapore Siu Dai 2.
In 2000, he was conferred the Young Artist of the Year Award by the National Arts Council. Felix holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Queensland and is currently an adjunct lecturer with Murdoch University, University of Newcastle, LASALLE College of the Arts and Temasek Polytechnic.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 95
Year Published: 2018
Size: 125mm x 210mm