Yeng Pway Ngon wins SEA Write Award

Yeng Pway Ngon wins SEA Write Award

Writer Yeng Pway Ngon is this year's Singapore winner of the South East Asian Writers Award (SEA Write Award), given annually in Thailand to ASEAN authors for literary excellence.

The writer, noted for his novels in Chinese, receives an all-expenses paid trip to Bangkok for the awards ceremony on Oct 14.

He says he is "very happy" about the award and the trip will be a birthday present for his wife and translator Goh Beng Choo.

She turns 62 on the day of the prize- giving and has translated several of his works into English.

"Since we married almost 40 years ago, we seldom go on holiday, so it will be quite special to go with my wife," says Yeng, 66, who received the Cultural Medallion for literature in 2003.

The SEA Write Award is his latest accolade following the Singapore Literature Prize for his 2011 novel Art Studio.

The book follows a group of artists as they explore themes of life, love and loneliness and was named one of the top 10 books of 2011 by influential Hong Kong weekly Yazhou Zhoukan.

An English translation of the book by Madam Goh and teacher Loh Guan Liang will be out next year from Singapore imprint Math Paper Press.

Italian publisher Metropoli d'Asia is bringing out an Italian version by the end of the year.

Yeng, who has a grown-up daughter, has published 25 books, including five novels, two collections of short stories, three volumes of poetry, two collections of stage plays and 11 volumes of essays.

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