Award-winning poet writes first fiction collection

Ng Yi-Sheng wrote many of the stories in Lion City while doing his masters in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Britain.
Ng Yi-Sheng wrote many of the stories in Lion City while doing his masters in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Britain. ST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN

Ng Yi-Sheng's Lion City, consisting of 16 stories, is a culmination of more than seven years of work

In Ng Yi-Sheng's new short story collection Lion City, a man starts to believe he was a bowl of laksa in his past life. It becomes a problem. He can no longer eat good food for fear that he is consuming somebody's past incarnation.

Ng, 38, maintains he is not, in real life, a bowl of laksa. If anything, he is something homely, perhaps lotus root and pork bone soup. "I think I would like to be crazier and wilder than I actually am," he says.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2018, with the headline 'Award-winning poet writes first fiction collection'. Print Edition | Subscribe