Author and Political Commentator
Catherine Lim is a writer in Singapore, and has, to date, published 18 books, including collections of short stories, novels and a book of poems. Two of her short story collections were used as literature texts for the G.C.E. Examinations conducted by Cambridge University, and her novels are regularly used in universities and colleges. They have been published in many countries, including U.S.A., U.K. France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, Israel and Iceland.
Before she became a full time writer, she was a lecturer in the RELC (Regional Language Centre), Singapore, conducting courses in Sociolinguistics and the teaching of Literature for teachers in Southeast Asian countries. To maintain her links with the academic and professional worlds, she continues to give lectures at seminars and conferences both at home and abroad, and is a regular guest speaker on cruise ships. She is also a political commentator, giving lectures and writing articles on various political and social issues in Singapore.
She was awarded the Southeast Asia Write Award in 1999, and an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by Murdoch University, Australia in 2000. In 2003, she was awarded the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et Des Lettres by the French Minister for Culture and Communication, and in 2005 was appointed an Ambassador for the Hans Christian Andersen Foundation in Copenhagen.