Suchen Christine Lim
|Suchen Christine Lim|
|Notable work(s)||Fistful of Colours (1992)
The Lies that Build a Marriage: Stories of the Unsung, Unsaid and Uncelebrated in Singapore(2007)
|Notable award(s)||1986: Merit Prize, NUS-Shell Short Play Competition
1992: Inaugural Singapore Literature Prize
Suchen Christine Lim (born 1948) was born in Malaysia and had her early education at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) in Penang and Kedah. At the age of 14 she came to Singapore, and continued her education at CHIJ Katong. She read literature at the National University of Singapore, and graduated with a post-graduate diploma in applied linguistics. After her graduation, Lim joined the Ministry of Education as a curriculum specialist, and devoted her time between family, work and writing throughout her years with the ministry.
Her first novel Rice Bowl was published in 1984, and she co-wrote the award-winning short play The Amah: A Portrait In Black And White in 1986. Her second novel Gift From The Gods (1990) was nominated for a National Book Development Council award in 1992. In that same year, Lim won the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize for her third novel Fistful of Colours (1992). A Bit of Earth (2000) was nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2004. In 1996 she was given a Fulbright Grant to attend the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop, and returned to the university as writer-in-residence in 2000. This residency honour was also extended to her at the University of Western Australia in Perth, the Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre in the Scottish Highlands and Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.
Lim retired from the Ministry of Education in August 2003, to devote her time to writing. That devotion subsequently bore fruit in the novels published as Hua Song: Stories of the Chinese Diaspora (2005) and The Lies that Build a Marriage: Stories of the Unsung, Unsaid and Uncelebrated in Singapore (2007).
- The Lies that Build a Marriage: Stories of the Unsung, Unsaid and Uncelebrated in Singapore (2007)
- Hua Song: Stories of the Chinese Diaspora (2005)
- A Bit of Earth (2000)
- Fistful of Colours (1992)
- Gift from the Gods (1990)
- The Amah: a Portrait in Black and White (1986, short play)
- Rice Bowl (1984)
- Yap, Stephanie (4 May 2008). "Soulful writer in pursuit of happiness". Singapore: Straits Times.
- Suchen Christine Lim webpage
- Video excerpt of Suchen Christine Lim reading her short story The Morning After