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ECU PhD candidate publishes significant novel

Friday, 02 July 2010


Communication and Arts PhD candidate, Ms Meira Chand has published her latest novel entitled, A Different Sky (Harville Secker, NY).

Beginning with Singapore’s first Communist riot in 1927, and set in the years before independence, A Different Sky follows the lives of three families and the struggles they face during this crucial phase of the country’s history.

Born and educated in England, Ms Chand has lived much of her adult life in Japan and briefly in India before she moved to Singapore in 1997 where she currently lives. Her multi-cultural heritage is reflected in her novels, which explore the issues of identity and cultural dislocation.

Originally invited to ECU as a Visiting Fellow in 2007, Ms Chand has subsequently completed a Master’s Degree in Writing in 2009, under the supervision of Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts, Dr Cynthia vanden Driesen.  

She is currently enrolled to complete a PhD in Writing under the supervision of Dr vanden Driesen and Associate Professor Glen Phillips.

“Meira Chand is a distinguished writer with an international reputation, and we are delighted that she has chosen to further her studies here at ECU,” said Dr vanden Driesen.

A Different Sky is Ms Chand’s eighth novel and is due to be launched on Thursday, 8 July at a high profile event in Singapore attended by His Excellency, the Hon S.R. Nathan, President of the Republic of Singapore.

For more information on her latest book, visit the Meira Chand website.


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