Madeleine Lee

Coming soon in 2023 – the new and selected collection of poems
photo courtesy of Raffles Hotel Singapore



The Raffles Hotel Singapore

Launched in 2019 to honour its long history of being host to eminent writers like Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, the current iteration has seen the appointment of two international writers Pico Iyer (UK) and Vicky Virtue (NZ). Madeleine is the third writer and the first Singapore writer to be appointed to this residency.

random walk – a book of nature inspired poems by madeleine lee

madeleine continues her upward trajectory with her eleventh volume random walk. this latest volume is the literary result of her stint as poet-in-residence for nature society (singapore) and birdlife international.

surveying sungei buloh wetland reserve, dairy farm, green corridor, changi beach, and the singapore botanic gardens, and coupled with exhilarating photographs by the poet, seah kim weng, soon lee ng and ley kun, the poet writes from a place of awe, settled and joy-filled. she weaves the personal, the profound, and the delightful with her quiet eyed stillness and gossamer touch, propelling us to a higher order of things.

this book is on sale by mail order from nature society (singapore) at $36. proceeds from the books go to nature society (singapore). click here for purchasing details!

photo credits: russel wong

poet biography

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listen to an audio performance of ramble on, a selection of poems written by madeleine lee. read by veteran actress karen tan, composed by award-winning sound designer philip tan.

kind words by euginia tan, fellow poet & playwright about lee’s work one point six one eight


debuting with her anthology a single headlamp (2003), madeleine lee has published ten books of poetry. view them all here.

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