SBC Achievement Award 2022

The SBC Achievement Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the literary arts scene in Singapore. Literary pioneer and unofficial Singapore poet laureate Professor Edwin Thumboo was presented with the SBC Achievement Award at the 2022 SLP Awards Ceremony. Watch a feature video of him and select photos of Professor Thumboo, including his receiving the SBC Achievement Award from Minister of Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong.

Emeritus Professor Edwin Thumboo

Edwin Nadason Thumboo (b. 22 November 1933, Singapore–), Emeritus Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is widely regarded as the unofficial poet laureate of Singapore. He is best known for writing on national issues. His poem, Ulysses by the Merlion, is a major work in Singapore literature. He was the first Singaporean to be conferred the Southeast Asia Write Award and the Cultural Medallion for Literature. His other awards include National Book Development Council prizes for poetry, the ASEAN Cultural and Communication Award in Literature, the Public Service Star (Bar), and the Meritorious Service Meda. He was also awarded the Distinguished Arts and Social Sciences Alumnus Award by the National University of Singapore in recognition of his outstanding contributions as a poet, scholar, academic leader and champion of Singapore writing.

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