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John Burnside


Thu Oct 4 2018, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sat Oct 6 2018, 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, City Hall, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Creative Non-fiction Workshop – NSF concession: $30.00
  • Creative Non-fiction Workshop – Standard: $50.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Widely known as one of only two poets to have ever received both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the same work, John Burnside is one of the most lauded poets of our time. His work is compelling and visionary with verse that is intensely lyrical.

First presented by The Arts House in 2013, Burnside returns to The Arts House to present and discuss his recent creative non-fiction works. This session is co-presented with the NAC-NTU Creative Writing Residency and moderated by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé.

It can be argued that all writers produce works based on personal experiences, but what often distinguishes the finest works of creative non-fiction is their emergence not just from the familiar, but from the strange and the wondrous. In Mahabharata, when questioned by Yama at the Enchanted Pool, Yudhisthira, says: “Each day death strikes, and we live as though we were immortal. This is the greatest wonder.”

Drawing on works by various writers in different non-fiction genres, this workshop examines the use of the everyday, and the discovery of the marvellous, in our explorations of the “greatest wonder” that humans ever experience: the “Quick now, here, now, always” of daily life.

About John Burnside
John Burnside is a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, and a prize winning poet, whose collection Black Cat Bone won both the T.S. Eliot and the Forward Prizes for 2011. His most recent prose works are I Put a Spell on You, a study of love, glamour and popular music, and A Summer of Drowning, a novel set in the Arctic Circle. His radio play, Coldhaven, was voted the best broadcast play on German radio in 2017. He is a professor of Creative Writing at St Andrews University and writes a regular Nature column for The New Statesman. Burnside is the Nanyang Technological University Creative Writing Resident 2018.

About Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, five hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited over twenty books and co-produced three audio books. Trained in publishing at Stanford University, he received his world religions masters from Harvard University and creative writing masters from the University of Notre Dame. He is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.