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Routes 2: A Singaporean Memoir 1976-2000

Routes 2: A Singaporean Memoir 1976-2000


In ROUTES 2, Robert Yeo continues the narrative of ROUTES: A Singaporean Memoir 1940-75, published 2011. It is best read after reading or consulting the first, although it can be taken on its own.


... "Politics is the most important area of public policy in the world. In Singapore, we have been fortunate in having someone like Lee Kuan Yew rule us, with his able lieutenants. But what about political opposition? In Singapore, Opposition personalities fascinate me more than the ideology of opposition politics. In its 50 years as a nation, the Opposition has not been able to throw up a party that can form a government. All the same, opposition politicians intrigue me: The extremes of JB Jeyaretnam, the courage of Chiam See Tong, the Shakespeare-quoting political exile Francis Seow. They are mentioned in this book.And so are mentioned too, equally intriguing, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his successor, the gentle Goh Chok Tong whom I had the privilege of knowing.

Kehabisan Stok
SKU: 978-981-18-6623-4
  • About the Author

    Robert Yeo has published poetry, a novel, staged plays, written essays on cultural policy and theatre, compiled anthologies on Singaporean literature and co-written books on the teaching of literature for secondary schools. He has taught Creative Writing in the Singapore Management University and mentored in the MAP programme of the National Arts Council.In 1978, he attended the famous International Writing Program in the University of Iowa and in 1995 was on a Fulbright Program. For more than a decade, from 1977 onwards, he was chair of the Drama Advisory Committee which helped to develop theatre in Singapore’s four languages and for his ‘services to drama’, he was awarded the Public Service Medal in 1991.His selected poems Leaving Home, Mother were published in 1999 and his three connected plays were published in 2001 as The Singapore Trilogy. The Trilogy is recognised as a seminal work in the development of Singapore Theatre in English.He sees writing libretti as a natural progression of his work as a poet and playwright. In October 2009, his second libretto called Kannagi, a short chamber piece based on an Indian epic poem, with John Sharpley as composer, was staged in the Sri Mariamman temple in Singapore’s Chinatown. Australian soprano Amanda Colliver sang in this one-woman piece, which Chou Tou Liang, The Straits Times music critic, described as ‘a tour-de-force...Kannagi is truly a worthy effort.... The long-awaited Fences should be a spectacle to behold.’ Fences was staged in 2012 to excellent critical reviews.

  • Technical Specifications


    ISBN: 8-981-18-6623-4

    Title: Routes 2: A Singaporean Memoir 1976-2000

    Author: Robert Yeo

    Format: Paperback

    Trim size: 153mmW x 230mmH

    Page count: 384

    Price: 25 SGD

    Weight: 350gsm

    Pub year: 2023

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