School of Creative

Adeline Tan

Adeline Tan

MA Creative Writing
2019 — 2021

Born and raised in Singapore, Adeline is a freelance video editor. Her writing has been published in Kitaab’s The Best Asian Short Stories 2020.

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Thesis work

No society can exist without myths – they give form to thoughts and give rise to actions. They are what hold a country, a community, a culture together. But a person has competing allegiances, and conflicting myths can overlap in complex and often mysterious ways. This thesis is a collection of three short stories set in Singapore, which aims to explore some universal myths: of romance, national identity, and the roles of mothers and daughters. Through the lens of fiction, these stories aim to shine a spotlight on the nature of these myths – assumptions many hold to be true, but upon closer inspection, stand on shaky ground.