Suchen Christine Lim

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Suchen Christine Lim has published 5 novels, 2 short-story collections, 15 children’s books, a play and a non-fiction work. Having been awarded the Fullbright grant, she went on to become an International Writing Fellow of the University of Iowa in 1996. In 2000, she became the university’s International Writer in Residence and later she was a Writing Tutor in Moniack Mhor, the Arvon Foundation's Centre in Scotland. Since then, she has held residences in the UK, Australia, S.Korea, Myanmar and the Philippines. She was also the visiting Fellow in Creative Writing at Nanyang Technological University.

Suchen’s novel, Fistful of Colours, was awarded the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize in 1992, and was chosen as one of “10 classic Singapore novels” by The Sunday Times. Her latest work,  a short story collection titled The Man Who Wore His Wife’s Sarong, includes Mei Kwei, I Love You, which was final-listed for The Private Eye Writers of America SHAMUS Award 2015. Her earlier works include her debut novel Rice Bowl, a play she co-wrote with Ophelia Ooi titled Amah: A Portrait in Black and White (which was awarded the Merit Prize in the NUS-SHELL Short Play Competition) and a non-fiction work, Hua Song: Stories of the Chinese Diaspora.

Throughout her career, Suchen’s works have been notably featured and reviewed. Her novel, The River’s Song, was selected by Kirkus Reviews (USA) as one of 100 Best Books of 2015 and Book of the Month by The Sunday Times. She has also been interviewed by local and regional press including The Straits Times, Today and The South China Morning Post. In 2012, she was awarded the Southeast Asia Write Award for her literary contributions.

Having previously taught at a junior college and formerly a curriculum specialist in the Ministry of Education, Suchen has been a full-time writer since 2003. 

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