04 Aug '11, 8pm
Catherine Lim: Versatile writer An author offers a novel set in the 1950s and collection of commentaries about a landmar
Catherine Lim is often hailed as the "doyenne of Singapore writers" and is one of the most prolific in the region. To date, she has published six novels, two poetry collections and a host of political essays. The Kedah-born writer, who emigrated across the Causeway in the 1960s, is known for her bestselling novels about Singapore society that are set around themes of traditional Chinese culture. Lim has achieved several signal honours in her life: in 2003, she was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, and in 2005 she became the ambassador of the Hans Christian Andersen Foundation in Denmark. Though she's perhaps just as well known for being mentioned in Lee Kuan Yew's 1999 memoirs, The Singapore Story - a feat few can lay claim to! While her latest novel, Miss Seetoh In The World, is set in the 1950s and is in her trademark style, another...