Crime and the City

Conversations  |  General  |  English  |  1 hr

7 Nov Sun, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Festival Pass  - $16 (Early Bird) | $20 (Regular)
location SISTIC Live
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What role does the locale and backdrop of the story play? Should the crime fiction writer attempt to hold a mirror up to society? Examine familiar cities and fictional small towns as we move across Batu Pahat, London and Europe with these writers’ works. Dive into the nitty-gritty of setting up a page-turner to tell a story beyond sensational crimes and shocking twists.

This programme is made possible with the support of the Embassy of Sweden and  includes a live Q&A towards the end of the session.


Phan Ming Yen is the author of That Night By the Beach and Other Stories for a Film Score (2012). He is also one of the four writers in the collaborative writing projects, The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) and Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016), while other short stories have appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. His poetry appeared recently in the online anthology Atelier of Healing ( and he has a forthcoming article on music during the Japanese Occupation in Singapore for MCCY's Cultural Connections journal.