UNSWriting - Political Thriller: Wong Souk Yee in conversation with Colin Chua

When:1 Aug 2017, 6:30pm - 8pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney
Who:Author, Wong Souk Yee
Wong Souk Yee

Presented by UNSWriting

Join us for a conversation with Singaporean author and playwright Wong Souk Yee, former political detainee of the 1980s and now author of the political thriller Death Of A Perm Sec.

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The Book

Death of a Perm SecDeath of a Perm Sec is a mystery about the demise of the permanent-secretary of the housing ministry, Chow Sze Teck, accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes over his career. Set in 1980's Singapore, the novel examines the civil servant’s death, which first appears to be suicide by a cocktail of alcohol, morphine and Valium. But upon investigation by a CID inspector who might not be what he seems, the family discovers there may be far more sinister circumstances behind his death, that reach to the very top of government.

The novel exposes the dark heart of power politics, from the country’s tumultuous post-independence days to the socio-political landscape of the 1980s.



The Author


Wong Souk Yee, is a playwright and former political detainee, who contested the 2015 General Election as a member of the Singapore Democratic Party. An adjunct lecturer at the National University of Singapore, she co-founded the now-defunct theatre group Third Stage. In 1987, she was detained for allegedly taking part in a Marxist conspiracy against the government. She co-directed and co-wrote the play Square Moon, staged in 2013, about detention without trial.

Wong holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of New South Wales, Sydney; a Master of Arts (Honours) in Creative Writing from the University of Western Sydney; and a Bachelor of Accountancy from the then University of Singapore



The Interviewer


Dr Collin Chua teaches in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW. His research addresses questions about the role of the media in producing value, desire and sociality, in an era increasingly driven by connectivity and the digital economy.


Finding us
Io Myers Studio is located at the entrance to Gate 2 High St, Kensington. Look for the Creative Practice Lab neon sign in our foyer windows.

There is limited parking in the Gate 2 area around Io Myers Studio but free parking is available from 6:30pm in the car park next to NIDA accessed through Day Ave.

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Produced by UNSW Creative Practice Lab

Image, with thanks to Allan Siew for Epigram Books.

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