madeleine lee

madeleine is currently raffles singapore’s writer-in-residence

photo courtesy of raffles hotel singapore

writer’s residency

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.

upcoming event –

singapore writers’ festival 2022

photo courtesy of singapore writers’ festival

In the upcoming singapore writers’ festival 2022, madeleine lee is featured in two events:

the beginning of everything else: a sharing

13 nov sun 4.30pm – 6.00pm

about: a quarter-life crisis. a new phase. on the cusp of a new threshold, these poets gather as celebration, send off, or a commemoration of this moment in time to mark this festival milestone in literary fashion. join them as they ruminate on beginnings, middles and endings.

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the text has nine lives

19 nov sat, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

about: how many ways can you revive a literary work through adaptation, and what’s the secret to finding new narrative forms? it takes a particular je ne sais quoi for a text to live multiple lives, and even more to successfully refresh instead of rehash. we speak to these authors about the act of rendition in preparation for the next time you discover that ai-rendered, augmented reality adaptation of pride and prejudice in the metaverse.

this programme is held in conjunction with esplanade’s presentation of national theatre live.

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lingual nerves: an afternoon of poetry readings

image source. event held on april 10, 2022

join singapore poets isa kamari, koh buck song, madeleine lee, lee tzu pheng and edwin thumboo as they read original poems written in response to works by chua mia tee. the poets also delve into their expansive oeuvres to present existing socially-engaged poems that reflect on our ever-changing society. following the readings, hear from the poets in a panel moderated by yong shu hoong, as they unpack their works and trace the wider influences of social realism in poetry and literature.
koh buck song is the gallery’s poet-in-residence for 2021–22; following edwin thumboo (2018–19) and madeleine lee (2017–18).
this programme is organised in conjunction with chua mia tee: directing the real at national gallery singapore.
more details on the national gallery website

new publication december 2021

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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events archive

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