Title: Stories in the End
Authors: Tania De Rozario, Eric Low and Ng Yi-Sheng
Illustrators: Ng Xiao Yan (The Crocodile Prince), Bryan Angelo Lim and May Lim (Jack & Alice), and Tiffany Tan (Reasons for the Rain)
Publisher: The Substation, 2013
Condition: Hardcover, cloth. New!
After the publication of The Substation’s first book, Several Islands by Ho Rui An, comes not one but three stories to add to your bedside reading collection. As the title suggests, these are fairytales – but not quite your regular tales of the damsel in distress and knight in shining armour. These are modern tales of love, identity, and belonging… not mere romantic pizzazz, but some of the things that really matter at the end of it all.
The three writers this year are Tania De Rozario, Eric Low and Ng Yi-Sheng, artists with different creative styles and interpretations of a modern fairytale. Tania’s story, Reasons for the Rain, is a poignant tale of serendipity and chance, of two strangers crossing paths in the concrete jungle. Eric dives under the skin of two known storybook characters with his tale of Jack & Alice, and retells their back stories in their own voices. Yi-Sheng’s fable, The Crocodile Prince, is about a boy finding himself in a magical jungle of mystery.
These tales are illustrated by Ng Xiao Yan (The Crocodile Prince), Bryan Angelo Lim and May Lim (Jack & Alice), and Tiffany Tan (Reasons for the Rain).
About the Writers
Tania De Rozario is an artist, writer and curator who lives i Singapore and is surviving to tell her tale. She has won a vairety of awards for her visual and literary work, which makes her half-believe that she is a sell-out. She pretends to be subversive by writing counter-cultural fairy tales.
Eric Low has been in the audio-visual industry for thirteen years now and currently lives and works in Shanghai. His poems have been featured in several print and online journals such as Asian Literacy Review, Shampoo, Guardian Unlimited, Santa Clara Review and OLRS. In 2009, he won the Golden Point Award for Poetry.
Ng Yi-Sheng is a full-time writer of poetry, drama and journalism. he is the youngest ever winner of the Singapore Literature Prize, which he recieved for his poetry collection last boy. He blogs at lastboy.blogspot and tweets at @yishkabob.
About the Illustrators
Tiffany Tan, who also goes by the moniker, Lovage, is a Singapore-born visual artist, a fresh graduate with a Bachelors(Hons) degree in Fine Arts at the LASALLE College of the Arts. Employing primarily photography and watercolour, she probes issues related ti feminine modes of perception and the psyche, manipulating the human body to express her intentions.
Bryan and May are Singaporean graphic designers and artists, and are BFA graduates from Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media. They are co-founders of Qu’est-ce Que C’est Design, a graphic design studio based in Singapore. Bryan is interested in traditional Asian cultures, symbols and meanings expressed through visual arts, rituals and daily life, while May draws her influences from film, art and writing.
Ng Xiao Yan is currently studying at the School of Art, Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University. In her spare time, she rnjoys drawing and painting drag queens, comics and absurdist misadventures, some of which can found at thirdtentacle.net. she has illustrated The Girl Under The Bed, a full length graphic novel in collaboration with local writer Dave Chua and is published by Epigram books.