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Huang Chun-ming charms at S'pore Writers Festival

Published on Nov 12, 2012 4:53 PM

Renowned Taiwanese writer Huang Chun-ming charmed a delighted audience with tales from his youth at the Singapore Writers Festival on Sunday.

The infectiously energetic 77-year-old spent his two-hour lecture almost entirely on his feet as he dramatised personal anecdotes to great comic effect - from rib-tickling childhood scrapes to his swagger as a young man.

Huang was born in 1935 and is one of Taiwan's most well-known novelists. His works chronicle the trials and triumphs of small-town life, and also capture the earthy flavour of local dialects. Some of his popular titles include A Flower In The Night, Days Of Watching The Sea, I Love Mary and Sayonara, Goodbye.

His conversational and convivial lecture, From Where It Originates, was an attempt to trace his journey in the writing profession. He took the audience on several long and enjoyable detours, lapsing into his native Minnan dialect from time to time. This garnered chuckles from the Hokkien-speaking audience.

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