Deborah Emmanuel is a Singaporean poet, performer and professional speaker. As a slam poet, she has won in Singapore, Germany and Australia. Her work has been privileged to be at the Barcelona International Poetry Festival, Q Berlin Questions and TEDx Singapore, and she has been invited as a resident to esteemed places like The Watermill Centre in NY and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. Deborah has written When I Giggle In My Sleep (2015), Rebel Rites (2016)and Genesis Visual Poetry Collection (2018). When not writing or performing poetry, she makes music with Mantravine, Wobology and Kiat, teaches workshops, paints/illustrates, devises independent theatre and travels to other dimensions.
Here, Deborah speaks with Peril’s Chair, Eleanor Jackson, about her work Unidentified Object, which grapples with her sense of place and placement and experiences of the particular in-between-ness that is a hallmark of Singaporean identities.