We hope the children of Singapore are ready to go on a storytelling adventure with Jamila and her grandmother, as Wardah Books in Singapore is now selling An Ocean in One Drop!
Established in 2002, Wardah Books is located in Bussorah Street, at the heart of Singapore’s centre of Malay/Muslim literary history.
The first Muslim bookshops in Singapore started out around the middle of the 19th century. The retail of books began in the premises of printers, some of which evolved into substantial bookshops. These first print shops – or print-cum-bookshops – were clustered in Kampong Glam around Sultan Mosque, especially along Sultan Road (later renamed Bussorah Street in 1909 by the municipal authorities).
Singapore’s place as a cosmopolitan centre in the region is well established, but it is often overlooked that Singapore was also a free port for the trafficking of new Malay political ideas and Islamic religious attitudes. The medium for all this was print. And the place where readers could readily get hold of their print material was Bussorah Street, right at the heart of Kampong Glam.
Waw Stories is proud to be part of the cultural story of Singapore’s Muslim and literary heritage. If you find yourself in Singapore, do pay a visit to Wardah Books.
“The book is an interface where the mind of the author and the mind of the reader meets”.