Amy Russell

Staying in a boutique hotel shows guests some of the things that make Singapore special, from a restored colonial villa to converted godowns and shophouses and concept interiors

Next time you’re in Singapore, you could check out the places on this list, which might remind you of some of your favourite venues back home

Multi-instrumental duo The Deer Tracks are bringing their rich and complex soundscapes to the city as part of a Swedish showcase.

Irish writer and scholar Declan Kiberd said of James Joyce: "Many of the great modern writers, from Conrad to Sartre, saw theirs as a literature of extreme situations, but Joyce was exceptional among them in cleaving to the quotidian, the great middle range of experience between exaltation and tenor."


Perhaps Tennessee Williams' defining play, The Glass Menagerie was written in 1944 and first produced on Broadway the next year, where it won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best American play.

The cover image by Xu Bing of Chinese poet Wang Xiaoni's new collection, Something Crosses My Mind, shows fields of crops - a hint at what's within.

The power of collective memory has long provided insight into historical events, and perhaps nowhere is this better expressed than through art and narrative. Where crisis and trauma have been experienced, artworks and stories find power. Through art, the unspeakable is given voice.

The opening story in Hong Kong writer Dorothy Tse's new collection of short stories is starkly Kafkaesque. In Woman Fish, instead of a giant beetle, the metamorphosis that takes place is of a piscatorial nature.

Historical events are not necessarily sequential; they overlap and interconnect. History is constantly evolving, and the world is changing at an unprecedented rate - be it environmental, social, physical, political or technological.

Over the years, Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong have produced an output that highlights their bravery, compassion and unwavering commitment to the preservation of Tibetan culture.

Last-minute getaways can be complicated and expensive, especially during holiday season. So why not dodge the crowds and find bliss in one of the region’s less obvious destinations.

For a historian to shed original light on the events of the second world war and the ensuing cold war is no mean feat. To do so with character, insight, and intellect is even harder.

Putting the wide world of the atomic bomb, nuclear physics, technology and innovation under the microscope in a succinct selection of poems revolving around a singular man is no easy feat. But award-winning American poet Cynthia Lowen has done just that in The Cloud that Contained the Lightning.

In Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia, award-winning journalist Philip Shishkin invites the reader into the dark, complex inner workings of the politics and history of post-Soviet Central Asia, revealing some intimate and startling details.

Hong Kong post-rock band tfvsjs have released their first album 10 years into their musical career - and it's worth the wait.

Dolphins, with their large brains, are seen as highly intelligent, sensitive creatures - English author Douglas Adams certainly saw the mammals that way.

We've all heard the expression "straight from the horse's mouth". Throw in a rather fiercer beast and the definition is borne out by From the Dragon's Mouth.

Thick though it may be, this book is certainly no door stop. Funtastic Festivities by Kit Lau is light, engaging, and full of wonderfully charming illustrations to support its messages.

Irish critic Vivian Mercier once said Samuel Beckett's absurdist work Waiting for Godot is a play "in which nothing happens, twice".

"A book contains all kinds of dreams." These words sandwich Book, a poem in award-winning "post-Misty" poet Bai Hua's anthology, Wind Says.

Throughout history, snakes have been portrayed in literature - from Kipling's Jungle Book to Saint-Exupery's Le Petit Prince to Rowling's Harry Potter - as creatures of power, but most powerfully as Satan incarnate. 

The title of this work is somewhat deceptive for it's only really in the last couple of chapters that we get into the meat of China going "into its second rise". The bulk of the book is a political, economic and ideological history of the nation.