Saturday, November 4th / A Sky Before Thunder

(on 8 November, 2017 & with 6 Comments)

From this Saturday’s Singapore Writers Festival launch of my brand-new book, poems for the sound of the sky before thunder

Thank you infinitely to everyone who came & listened & loved. I heard so many incredible stories & hugged so many incredible people. From the single mother whose four year old has umbrella stickers stuck all over the house, small lovely surprises to brighten every shade of rainy day, to the boy who read the whole book at the back of the line when practising throwing grenades for army training, to everyone else who found themselves & their achings between these pages… I can’t express how grateful I am to you for taking the time to come dream with me for an afternoon, & for letting my book touch a soft space inside of you.

Thank you for gifting me with your love & your stories. You sure know how to make a girl feel special (not to mention how to make her cry into her pillow the night after her first book launch out of sheer joy & gratitude).

In case you haven’t yet picked up your copy of poems for the sound of the sky before thunder, here’s where you can remedy that. A gorgeous mini-review can be found in the October 31st print edition of The Straits Times (!), as well as right over here. & of course, I’d be so endlessly honoured to hear your thoughts on PSST, in the comments of this post, over email, or on social media.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for making this launch as beautiful as it was – & for everything else as well, as simple & as complicated as that is. My heart is so full. xx


6 Responses to “Saturday, November 4th / A Sky Before Thunder”

  1. congrats, topaz! so proud of you and your neverending ventures. here’s to more hearts you’ll touch with this book and your gorgeous mind. congrats again. you deserve everything x

  2. Ah, how I wish so much that I could have been there, Topaz! I am so proud of you, and to see you at your own book launch is so, so incredible!! I am a little envious of everyone who got to meet you and have words shared with you. I cannot wait to read your collection of poems for I know it will be divine.

    (If it ever releases on ebook please let me know!)

    • Lovely Chiara, it makes me sad you weren’t able to make it! Honestly, it was such an incredibly beautiful event, but so much emptier without your beautiful glowing presence. I truly hope you enjoy the book; unfortunately there are no plans at the moment to release it as an eBook, but you will be the first to know if that changes. xx

  3. shar

    Congratulations for your book! You deserve all the appreciation for what you do. And congratulations for your first book (launch)! It looks wonderful! I obviously didn’t make it to Singapore, but I’m looking forward to reading this one day <3 <3

Courage, dear heart—