What is old is new again

CliffordPierThis is the second iteration of my website — the first was designed by the wonderful Charlene Winfred and Flemming Jensen over at Coffee and Magic. This version was lovingly made for me by my husband, Colin, as a wedding present of sorts.

We’re in the second half of 2017, and so much has gone on over here.

Most recently, I’ve just returned from Singapore, where I visited family and friends, and also gave two readings of my work — one at SingLit Station, where I read alongside three other poets connected with Singapore and Australia (Will Beale, David Wong and Yong Shu Hoong, moderated by Jon Gresham), and the other at Kinokuniya Singapore in conversation with my ex-university lecturer and dear friend, Dr Matilda Gabrielpillai.

I hadn’t been back to Singapore for two years, and this was our first trip back to Singapore as a married couple. It was really important and moving for me to have Colin connect with my family and friends and to make new memories with him in my place of birth. Revisiting the old is a way of grappling with the new, and there is much that is new in a place like Singapore.

Back in Australia, the next few months are looking busy for me. I’m headed to Melbourne on 12 July for the Writer’s Reading as part of the ASAL Conference 2017, with venerable poets Pi.O, Ouyang Yu, Bella Li, Lachlan Brown and Nicholas Jose. I’m also judging the Newcastle Poetry Prize this year with Kevin Brophy. I have a few more exciting projects in the pipeline, which I will talk about soon.

My latest interview is with the Singaporean poet Jee Leong Koh, who is based in New York City, on his website, Singapore Unbound.

2017 also marks the year it was announced that my first book, Burning Rice, will be on the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) curriculum for English in 2019-2023. This is thrilling news, and I’m looking forward to having my work taught and discussed in schools in the years to come.