Map-Making: poetry and photographs by Eileen Chong and Charlene Winfred

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At the end, we would sign our names like artists
in the corners then lay down our pencils,
the day’s journey mapped out and complete.

– Eileen Chong, Map-making, from From Peony, 2014, Pitt Street Poetry

This has been a long time coming.

20 years, exactly.

Ceiling fans stir the thickening afternoon, and my school tie unknots itself while my neighbour at the next desk finds a path to the future with her pen. Eileen and I are 18 years old, drowsy with heat. Dreaming out loud, a balm for the urge to flee. Whispers about making something together. I think we’ve always known we would do it, even after our lives diverged radically. Some day.

That was 1998. And here it is, in 2018.

Map-Making is a 100 page, limited 100 edition, signed and numbered book of poems and black & white photographs (8 x 10 inch hardback). It is a collaboration between award winning Australian poet Eileen Chong and I, published by Potts Point Press. Both poetry and photographs are rooted in Singapore, where we were both born and raised. Eileen now lives in Australia, and I am still discovering how to come home, a path punctuated by long absences and a roving heart.

I have 10 copies of a special photographer’s edition, which is the book + a limited edition, signed and numbered fine art print.

[Edit 28 May] Photographers editions are SOLD OUT. Thank you to all who expressed their interest in these. I still have 20 copies of the standard edition left. Get in touch to pre-order.

The name of the book comes from a poem that Eileen wrote for me years ago. Head over to her site to read it in full.

We’ve worked on this for months, across three continents. It’s been a huge remote project. Plenty of blood, sweat, tears, hopes, dreams, and hard earned money went into the making of this book.

A part of me can’t believe that we made this thing, and that it’s out in the world so soon. Eileen is a published veteran, but this is my first time releasing published work. It’s both terrifying and thrilling.

We can’t wait to share it with you. Stay tuned.

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of this book, please get in touch to pre-order
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