REVIEW: @SkyArts – Cautionary tale of Giles Coren “My Failed Novel”

Butchered: How can a novel written by The Times journalist-celebrity-critic flop? This is the question. And it is answered very well in this TV programme on Sky Arts, Mon 29 February 2016: Giles Coren: My Failed Novel. Every writer, published, unpublished, successful, unsuccessful, commercial, literary – should watch it. It has all the answers. It …

4-in-1 Bedside Table Book Review: Atwood, Nemirovsky, Lumix GM1 manual, Urban Decay leaflet

Guess which one is the hardest to read? #whatimreadingrightnow #bedsidetablebooks #margaretatwood #irenenemirovsky #shortstories #urbandecay leaflet. Correct answer is: #lumix #gm1 #manual A photo posted by @ivyngeow on Feb 1, 2016 at 2:11am PST Is “Manual” and “Operating Instructions” two different things? By the time I am writing this post, I have read all already, except …

London launch of “Hungry in Ipoh” at Knight Webb Gallery, Brixton

My short story called “Funny Mountain”, in the Hungry in Ipoh anthology, will be launched at Knight Webb Gallery in the heart of Brixton, London – birthplace of the legendary David Bowie. From Amazon’s product description: “Hungry in Ipoh compiles 15 short stories based on Ipoh—a city in Malaysia famous for its delicacies. These are tales about different …

How do you write and what is your advice? Writers share their routines

Pen and ink – essential, and essential I write anywhere using my gold fountain Sheaffer pen using royal blue ink. I am not being pretentious. I just can’t write without this pen. And yes, maybe I’m superstitious. The ink is very smooth and I need smooth-flowing ink to be able to think carefully. I hate scratchy blotchy dried-up …

New Year New Blog

This is my first post this year. After a long time not writing, I was very encouraged by my recent short story “Funny Mountain” being accepted in an anthology called “Hungry in Ipoh” published by Fixi Novo in October 2015. What’s happened: During the non-writing lacuna of about five years, many things happened. That is, …