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Goh Poh Seng 1936-2010

Posted: January 19, 2010

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Goh Poh Seng, who will be missed deeply by BC’s writing and publishing community. Nightwood Editions published two books by Goh, The Girl from Ermita (1998) and As Though the Gods Love Us (2000).

Goh was regarded as a pioneer of Singapore literature in English. He was born in Malaya and graduated in medicine from University College, Dublin, and practised medicine in Singapore for 25 years. During this time he wrote poetry, novels and plays (all published in Singapore and Hong Kong). Among his many other accomplishments, he also founded a literary magazine, a literary publishing company, and was vice-chairman of the Singapore Arts Council from 1967 to 1973. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Literature in 1982.

Goh emigrated to Canada in 1986, spending time on both the east and west of Canada in Newfoundland and Vancouver. He practiced medicine until 1995, when Parkinson’s disease forced him to retire. He passed away in Vancouver on January 10, 2010. For more information about this remarkable writer, please visit