Friday, August 28, 2009

Lovers and Strangers Revisted wins Popular-The Star Reader's Choice Awards 2009 for fiction!

Accepting Award from YM Professor Diraja Ungku Abdul Aziz bin Ungku Abdul Hamid, former Vice-Chancellor of Universiti of Malaya

The proud and slightly dazed  Robert Raymer standing between nominated writers Yvonne Lee (Vanity Drive and The Sky is Crazy) and Adeline Loh (Peeing in the Bush).

On stage with Kee Thuan Chye and the representatives of other winning authors, many of whom were outstation. Luckily I decided to fly in from Kuching for the day.

*Update, the 20th anniversary of Lovers and Strangers Revisited 

Here are links to some of my author-to-author interviews of first novelists:

Ivy Ngeow author of Cry of the Flying Rhino, winner of the 2016 Proverse Prize.

Golda Mowe author of Iban Dream and Iban Journey.

Preeta Samarasan author of Evening is the Whole Day

Chuah Guat Eng,  author of Echoes of Silence and Days of Change. 


Beheaded on Road to Nationhood: Sarawak Reclaimed—Part I 


Shu Yee said...

Hi Robert, big congrats again!
Nice photos but your heading for this post has a typo mistake, check Sar for Star.

Lydia Teh said...

Robert, Congratulations! Happy for you - must be feeling on top of the world.

Borneo Expat Writer said...

Shu Yee,
Thanks and thanks for pointing that out! My mind is still on that stage!

Thanks. The fact that you won last year inspired me! I was also looking for a good excuse to fly to KL on MAS for "The Merdeka Miracle" so I was happy that the award ceremony was in August and not September!

Asrif Yusoff said...

Congrats Robert. Here's to many more years of inspiring writers across the nation!

Borneo Expat Writer said...

Thanks. I'll try my best!

Unknown said...

Hello Mr Raymer, I am an ardent reader of your books, especially 'Lovers and Strangers Revisited'. I find your stories so down to earth.

Congratulations! And thank you for writing about our beautiful country!

Take care & have a nice day.

Borneo Expat Writer said...

Puan Isah,
Thank you very much. It's been a pleasure. In the last couple of years several of the stories are now getting published in the US and Canada!

The Mannequin said...

congrats on the win! ;))

KeeMan said...

Yeah, saw the great news on The Star, Congrats!!

P.s. My vote did get counted i think. :p

Borneo Expat Writer said...

Thanks! It's a great feeling! Hoping this leads to bigger and better things!

Borneo Expat Writer said...

It was probably the deciding vote! You were the first person to order the book online even before it came out! Thanks. I really appreciate that!

S.Shamala said...

Dear Mr. Raymer,
Congratulations on your win. All the best for the next one!

Borneo Expat Writer said...

Thanks! The next book is coming out in October, Tropical Affairs: Episodes from an Expat's Life in Malaysia!

Manoj Sharma said...

very beautiful and informative blog....

Borneo Expat Writer said...

Manoj Sharma,
Thank you! For the short stories in Lovers and Strangers Revisited I also created a series The Story Behind the Story.

Josette said...

Hi Mr. Raymer, congratulations for your book! I just finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed the whole reading experience. I've even written about it on my book review blog. Thanks! :)

Borneo Expat Writer said...

Hi. Thanks, and I enjoyed your review -- nicely written. The published total has been incresed to 65 times in 10 countries. Your favorite story, "The Future Barrister" was recently accepted by a literary journal in Canada.

All the best!