Tiny Mountains, Miniature Seas:  How to Read a Chinese Garden (Walk)

Saturday, 23 March 2013

an RAS event

The walking tour will build on the principles of garden-viewing addressed in the lecture. The pairing of the Surging Waves Pavilion, Suzhou’s oldest garden, with the most recent addition, the Garden of Joy, will allow the group to see how different methods of viewing can be employed in specific garden designs in order to heighten the effects that have been built into the grounds.


Tiny Mountains, Miniature Seas:  How to Read a Chinese Garden (Lecture)

Tuesday, 17 March 2013

an RAS lecture

Classical Chinese garden design operates on a system of tension and balance. Designers traditionally utilized contrasts in size, spatial orientation, and conceptual significance of the various elements within a garden to achieve a harmonious overall effect. A visitor to a garden who is well-versed in the techniques of garden building will know how to appreciate not only the beauty of the scenes presented, but also the emotional and aesthetic importance of those scenes.

The lecture will focus on how to view a garden in a way that will maximize the effects of the grounds for visitors. Special attention will be given to two pairs of gardens in Suzhou, illustrating how finding the appropriate viewing technique can enhance the experience of journeying through a traditional Chinese garden.



Translation Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 7, 2013

12 noon

Shanghai Interntaional Literary Festival

M on the Bund



Poetry Reading

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

3:00 pm

Shanghai International Literary Festival

M on the Bund


Singapore International Translation Symposium

1-2 February 2013

The Arts House, Singapore

Singapore’s first major translation symposium, gathering translators, other language industry players and policymakers from around Asia to share views on the complex subject of translation. Based on the theme, Translation Matters, the Symposium aims to promote public awareness and knowledge of the work that translators do, as well as allow the cross-pollination of ideas and practices among those involved in the different fields of translation.



Voices of the Elders:  Singapore Launch

31 January 2013, 7:30 pm

at Books Actually, 9 Yong Siak Street (near Tiong Bahru MRT)

launching Shelly Bryant's third poetry collection, Voices of the Elders



Fish Eats Lion reading

29 November 2012, 7:30 pm

at Books Actually, 9 Yong Siak Street (near Tiong Bahru MRT)

celebrating the launch of Fish Eats Lion, an anthology of Singapore-related speculative fiction, edited by Jason Erik Lundberg, published by Math Paper Press



Voices of the Elders:  Book Launch

November 3, 2012, 3:00 pm

at 1864 Wharf in Shanghai

launching Shelly Bryant's third poetry collection, Voices of the Elders

a reading by the poet will be held at 4:00

hosted in conjunction with Strictly Designers United, Shanghai



RAS Book Club

September 17, 2012

at GloLondon, in Shanghai

a discussion of Sheng Keyi's novel Northern Girls



Tea, Tiffins, and Poetry

July 10, 2012

a workshop at St. Nicholas Girls' School, Singapore



The Inner Workings of a Garden

April 21, 2012

an onsite tour of the Zuibaici Garden, Songjiang, Shanghai, China

a look at the way the elements of classical landscaping come together in a traditional garden





The Making of a Garden

April 17, 2012

a lecture organized by the Royal Asiatic Society

a look at what goes into the making of a classical Chinese garden, the height of refinement in Chinese culture




I. M. Pei Walking Tour

March 10, 2012

organized by the Suzhou Bookworm as part of the Suzhou Literary Festival

a walk through the parts of the city representative of the life and work of I. M. Pei, one of Suzhou's most famous sons





Studio White • Exhibition 2011

November 2011

an art exhibition produced by Desmond Ip and Shelly Bryant

photos and artwork designed around Shelly Bryant's poetry, featuring the city of Shanghai as viewed through alien eyes




Understanding Chinese Gardens

October 2011

a lecture and on-site tour for a Shanghai-based study group

held in the Zuibaici Garden, Songjiang, Shanghai, China





I. M. Pei Walking Tour

September 2011

organized by the Royal Asiatic Society

a walk through the influences Suzhou has had on the life of one of its famous sons, the renowned architect I. M. Pei





The Writer's Life

September 2011

at Shanghai Singapore International School

a talk with kids (ages 7-9) about what goes on in the daily life of a writer




I. M. Pei Walking Tour

May 2011

organized by the Suzhou Bookworm

a tour of the rich history that (at least in large part) made the famous architect, I. M. Pei



Things Disappear

May 2011

696 Weihai Lu, Shanghai, China

an art exhibition hosted by the Shanghai Arts Community

art installations were exhibited, then left to in the building when it was demolished the following month

one original poem and one translated piece by Shelly Bryant were included in the exhibition




The Ins and Outs of Creative Writing

Combination classroom and online course

Organized by FEC, Shanghai, China

November 2010 - February 2011





Kids' Creative Writing Workshop

June 15-17, 2010 (2-4 pm)


32 Ashwood Grove


kids in Primary 4-6




Creative Writing Workshop

March 6, 2010,   2-5 pm


SIM University, Singapore


English students who want to learn the ins and outs of creative writing, including both the writing process and the business of getting one's work published




Singapore Book Launch!   

February 27, 2010        5-8pm      


32 Ashwood Grove


all who are interested in the launch of Shelly Bryant's poetry collection Cyborg Chimera in Singapore




dark 'til dawn Launch   

November 13-14, 2009,     2-4 pm   


decollection offices


all who are interested in the launch of the dark 'til dawn series of collectible art pieces in Shanghai