Catch Meira Chand at the Singapore Writers Festival, one of Asia’s premier literary events. She’ll be featured on the following panels, where she will discuss her novels and inspirations, moderate a panel on reading habits, as well as read from some of her works: [PANEL DISCUSSION] ST CONVERSATIONS: THE RHYME AND REASON PANEL: HEARING THE […]
Meira Chand on what it means to write: “Writers are surrounded by their own lives, by where they were born and where they have travelled to both geographically and emotionally. We have to survive our own history if we are to write at all. The writer writes not to escape life but to pin it […]
Meira writes on her heritage and what home and Singapore mean to her, as part of the The Straits Times Rhyme and Reason Literary series. Read it here.
Literature for the long run: Meira Chand weighs in on the future of our nation-building for The Straits Times’ SG51 issue.
I am good with ghosts; they people me easily, giving up a scent, a thread of thought, or the shape of an emotion. Many novelists find characters for their books the way I do; they emerge from the mists, calling to you, demanding the substance of a story that will conjure them to life, demanding […]
The filmmaker Luis Bunuel has written, “Memory is what makes our lives. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing.”  As a writer I know the importance of subconscious memory, a deep well into which the writer lets down a small bucket to draw up […]
Meira Chand wrote the original story from which The LKY Musical, Singapore’s smash-hit musical based on the life of Lee Kuan Yew, was developed. The LKY Musical: Interview with Meira Chand 1) How easy or difficult is it to write about a man whose life is this widely known? MC: This was definitely a difficulty in that, […]
Writers of fiction own a strange something that wills and works for itself. It can feel like another being within the individual that often does not listen to the structured visions created in the head of a novelist, and drawn up in tight plans for a future book…
Historical fiction raises the question, what really is history? The knowledge of events and things that come down to us through the mists of time have inevitably changed perspective over and over again in their telling. Often those who have handed down the past to us in their writing, have deliberately distorted the information, so …
At one point in my life I became a suspected murderess. I was living in Japan at the time, and became interested in the life of Edith Carew, an Englishwoman who had lived in Japan at the end of the 1800s. Edith had settled with her husband in the port city of Yokohama, one of five treaty ports where foreigners were allowed to reside…