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Dragon’s Tongue – Deborah Emmanuel

Deborah Emmanuel (b.1988) is a Singaporean artist, most recognised for her work as a poet, singer and theatre-maker. Deborah’s gifts have taken her across oceans, from the spiritual settings of Bali and Kathmandu to the vibrant cities of Berlin, London and New York. Her powerful performances have been at select events like TEDx Singapore and The Performance Theatre, and have toured alongside performance poetry sensation Sarah Kay. 

Her writing continues to feature at poetry festivals like the Barcelona International Poetry Festival and the Makassar International Writers Festival and has even won competitions in Singapore, Germany and Australia. The quality and versatility of her craft have also seen her invited as a resident artist to respected spaces such as Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and The Watermill Center New York.

Deborah’s first poetry collection, When I Giggle In My Sleep, was published by Red Wheelbarrow Books in early 2015. Her creative non-fiction work Rebel Rites, was self-published with a well-funded Pozible campaign in 2016. After the success of that, Deborah decided to release her third book Genesis: Visual Poetry Collection in 2018 with the same independence. She has also released multiple music albums as a lead vocalist and collaborated on many sound works. This, of course, includes her current biggest projects Mantravine and Polymorphism.

In the last few years, Deborah’s work has been heavily influenced by political and feminist discourse and a commitment to spiritual practice as the key to her personal revolution. This has led her to open up new abilities and pursue work in the healing arts as a shamanic practitioner and past life hypnotist. You can book a healing session below.

Website

Dragon’s Tongue was mixed by Adam bin Mohamed Yamin

Crafted By – Writer’s Block Part 2 | S2E8

The second season of the Know or Not Podcast ends with a two-episode look at the local writer’s scene in Singapore. We hear from 7 writers and 1 publisher as we learn what paths exist for writers once they’ve published their first book. In this episode, we feature 

Books Actually / Kenny Leck

Charmaine Leung

Gerrie Lim

Gwee Li Sui

Jocelyn Suarez

Sam Toh

Sebastian Sim

Wayne Ree

Here – Deborah Emmanuel

Deborah Emmanuel (b.1988) is a Singaporean artist, most recognised for her work as a poet, singer and theatre-maker. Deborah’s gifts have taken her across oceans, from the spiritual settings of Bali and Kathmandu to the vibrant cities of Berlin, London and New York. Her powerful performances have been at select events like TEDx Singapore and The Performance Theatre, and have toured alongside performance poetry sensation Sarah Kay. 

Her writing continues to feature at poetry festivals like the Barcelona International Poetry Festival and the Makassar International Writers Festival and has even won competitions in Singapore, Germany and Australia. The quality and versatility of her craft have also seen her invited as a resident artist to respected spaces such as Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and The Watermill Center New York.

Deborah’s first poetry collection, When I Giggle In My Sleep, was published by Red Wheelbarrow Books in early 2015. Her creative non-fiction work Rebel Rites, was self-published with a well-funded Pozible campaign in 2016. After the success of that, Deborah decided to release her third book Genesis: Visual Poetry Collection in 2018 with the same independence. She has also released multiple music albums as a lead vocalist and collaborated on many sound works. This, of course, includes her current biggest projects Mantravine and Polymorphism.

In the last few years, Deborah’s work has been heavily influenced by political and feminist discourse and a commitment to spiritual practice as the key to her personal revolution. This has led her to open up new abilities and pursue work in the healing arts as a shamanic practitioner and past life hypnotist. You can book a healing session below.

https://deborahemmanuel.com/

Crafted By – Writer’s Block Part 1 | S2E7

The second season of Crafted By on the Know or Not Podcast ends with a two-episode look at the local literary scene in Singapore. We follow 7 writers and 1 publisher as we learn how a book goes from being an idea in an author’s head to a book for sale on a shelf in a store. In this episode, we feature Kenny Leck of Books Actually, Gerrie Lim, Jocelyn Suarez, Charmaine Leung, Wayne Ree, Sebastian Sim and get business advice from Omerisms’ Omer Abdullah.

Books Actually / Kenny Leck

Charmaine Leung

Gerrie Lim

Jocelyn Suarez

Omer Abdullah / The Smart Cube / Omerisms

Sebastian Sim

Wayne Ree

The Whole Thing about Janis Joplin & The Rabbit – Stephanie Dogfoot

Our 2nd work from Stephanie Dogfoot is the curiously named The Whole Thing about Janis Joplin & The Rabbit

Stephanie Dogfoot is a spoken word poet, performer, educator and stand up comic based in Singapore. Author of debut poetry collection ROADKILL FOR BEGINNERS (Math Paper Press). Winner of the 2012 UK Farrago Slam and the 2010 Singapore Poetry Slam, they are the organiser and host of a spoken word night, Spoke & Bird, and a co-host of a comedy night focused on promoting women & queer people in stand-up, Siao Cha Bors Comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/stephaniedogfoot/

New Words for Never – Stephanie Dogfoot

The Be Spoke Podcast welcomes Stephanie Dogfoot to our living audio anthology of spoken word poetry from Singapore. From her book, this is “New Words for Never”

Stephanie Dogfoot is a spoken word poet, performer, educator and stand up comic based in Singapore. Author of debut poetry collection ROADKILL FOR BEGINNERS (Math Paper Press). Winner of the 2012 UK Farrago Slam and the 2010 Singapore Poetry Slam, they are the organiser and host of a spoken word night, Spoke & Bird, and a co-host of a comedy night focused on promoting women & queer people in stand-up, Siao Cha Bors Comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/stephaniedogfoot/

Crafted By – The Body Language of Dance | S2E6

We explore the idea of dancers as body language artists, using their bodies for the 55% of interpersonal communication that is non-verbal. We hang out with Bernice Lee, a contemporary dance artist, Stephy, an instructor from SLAP Dance Studio and then get down with the awesome street dance power couple, SgRach MarcS and talk waacking, pop & lock and robotics and how to work with brands who want their message delivered through body language

Bernice Lee – http://bernicelee.xyz

SLAP Dance Studio – http://www.slap.sg/

SgRach MarcS – http://www.scrachmarcs.com/

Crafted By – The Greatest Singapore Sling | S2E5

We visit the Raffles Hotel Singapore and learn about their two-years restoration and the refreshed recipe for the Singapore Sling, their iconic gin-based cocktail that still draws in the big crowds a century on from its creation by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915. 

We talk with local microdistillery Compendium about their amazing gins, Rojak Gin and Chendol Gin, which capture the flavours of Singapore in a bottle.

And we discuss artistry with one of Singapore’s most beloved entertainers, Hossan Leong and our theory of who is one of Singapore’s great unheralded artists!

Links

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Long Bar @ Raffles Hotel

Singapore Sling Wikipedia Page

Gin Wikipedia Page

Crafted By – The Three Waves of Coffee in Singapore | S2E4

The Rule of Three Exists in Everything: think of comedy, photography, showbusiness. It also applies in the world of coffee, which has experienced what is accepted as The Three Waves. In Singapore, the Three Rules come with a twist: Kopi. 

We talk with 5 artisanal coffee cafes – Nylon Coffee Roasters, PPP Coffee / Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar, Two Degrees North Coffee Company / Populus Cafe, Mavrx Coffee Bar and Coffee Break at Amoy Street. We discuss the beans, the brew and the business of delivering coffee with a focus on traceability, farm, process, roasting, Instagram’s love for latte art, and why traditional Kopi is still so loved.

Grab a cup of Joe and go on w journey with us to experience the world of caffeine, Singapore-style!

I See You – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem, “I See You”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com