BooksActually presents BEEF by Nurul Amillin Hussain ☞ 8 December 2017, Friday 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at BooksActually (9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645) ––– ABOUT THE BOOK: • BEEF (2017) BEEF is Nurul Amillin Hussain's debut collection of poetry. Consisting of 20 poems written over a decade, this book traces time through fresh explorations of nostalgia, recollecting the author's time spent in both Singapore and the UK. This collection is distinctly urban, and aims to translate the messy zig-zags of everyday discomforts into verse, focusing on themes of family, friendship and identity. "Amillin plumbs and scales the extremities of living in a way that is both delicate and deliberate, sincere and poised. She deals equally deftly with the kinds of pain that make us 'flinch / around a conversation', and moments of consolation that help us 'find healing in between tea leaves / leave dust undusted, (and) speak softly'. Hers is an excitingly new poetic voice – fiercely unique as she charts her own course and amid her many identities, her verse in a perpetual, agile equilibrium between the power of form and the spark of adventurous innovation." — Aaron Maniam, author of Morning At Memory's Border ––– ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nurul Amillin Hussain was born and raised in Singapore. She enjoys creative writing, and was part of the Creative Arts Program in 2007, the Mentor Access Project in 2011, and won third place for English poetry in the SPH-National Art Council’s Golden Point Award 2011. Amillin’s writing has been published in Singapore’s Junoesq Literary Journal, Nanyang Technological University’s anthology Kepulauan, and in multiple issues of the University of Cambridge’s Notes publication. She previously worked as a sustainability consultant, and is now doing her PhD in the UK, at the University of Oxford.