Suraidi Sipan (b. 1950)
Suraidi Sipan was born on 21 November 1950 in Singapore. Having trained at the Teachers College in Singapore and with a teaching career that spans over 40 years, he was a specialist writer for the Ministry of Education (MOE) and served as the contributing editor for Singa journal from 1982 to 1986. He is a two-time recipient of the Malay Literary Award, better known as Anugerah Persuratan, in 1979 and 1983 for his poems “Nyanyi Puisi” (“The Song of Poesy”) and “Kejujuran Adalah Daun-Daun Kering” (“Honesty is Dried Leaves”) respectively. His works include a novel titled Cinta [Love] (1977), a collection of his poems titled Debudebu Jalanan [Dust of the Road] (1984), a joint anthology titled Puisi Temasek [Poetry of Temasek] (1987), and a Malay literature anthology Tekad: Satu Perjalanan Penulisan Karya Sasterawan Kita [Determination: The Journey of Our Literary Writing] (2012). He also attended literary events such as the World Poetry Meet in Seoul, South Korea in 1979; and the International Writing Programme at the University of Iowa, United States, in 1985. He also paints, and performs his pieces accompanied with a guitar. In 2016, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Malay Studies Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
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