On 20 March at Books Actually, Eric Valles and Desmond Kon talked about the craft of writing, their literary journeys and their poetry and prose. Both poets have been journalists and have strong theological interests that shines through in their work.
I really enjoy the rich, intricate, ambitious depths of Desmond’s fiction and poetry. I first met Desmond in 2010 at an NUS reading where he read some Haikus and I read my short story We Rose Up Slowly. Recently we caught the wrong bus from Speakeasy and I left him, late in the evening, stranded near a building site on the other side of One Raffles Quay.
Eric talked about his poetry collection After the Fall: Dirges among Ruins (Ethos Books). He read a wonderful poem about the restoration of a mural in Changi prison.
It was a very warm and pleasant evening.