• Blue Room, The Arts House (map)
  • 1 Old Parliament Lane
  • Singapore, 179429
  • Singapore


B-Sides and Backslides
by Felix Cheong

☞ 31 August 2018, Friday
7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. at
The Arts House
(Blue Room @ The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Ln, 
Singapore 179429)


Nine years after his new and selected anthology – supposedly his swansong to poetry - Felix Cheong makes a comeback with his fifth collection. 

Like an album of B-side singles, B-Sides and Backslides: 1986-2018 puts together a warts-and-all 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 an insightful mapping of his craft over 30 years and a typography of turns and returns of themes and images. 

Complete with reflections about the periods between his four books, this anthology offers a rare glimpse of the poet’s creative process from the inside out.

B-Sides and Backslides has received praise from Cyril Wong as “demonstrating the poet's tireless capacity to marry playfulness with seriousness”. Chris Mooney-Singh describes Felix as “a deft practitioner and probing mind [who is] able to speak to the heart of a personal problem or social occasion with poignancy and humour through an eclectic range of forms and styles”.

At the launch, art collective Osmosis, comprising Felix, musicians Natalie Ng and Theemptybluesky (Mervin Wong), will perform his poems to reworked versions of well-known classical pieces.

Felix Cheong is the author of 12 books traversing poetry, flash fiction, non-fiction, young adult fiction and children’s poetry. His first collection of short stories, Vanishing Point, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award in 2013. His poems are widely anthologised and have been featured in two telemovies. 

He has been invited to writers festivals around the world, including Edinburgh, Austin, West Cork, Sydney, Christchurch and Brisbane. Winner of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award for Literature in 2000, Felix has served as a mentor under the Creative Arts Programme and the Mentor Access Project, as well as a judge for the Golden Point Award and the Singapore Literature Prize.