Images from Singapore Writers Festival 2018 including NTU English Literature and creative writing students and teachers, Outgoing SWF Director Kai Chai with Desmond Kon and Yong Shu Hoong, Ivan Coyote, Amanda Lee Koe and Cyril Wong, and In The Twine by Charlene Shepherdson and Cheyenne Phillips.
Sing Lit Station’s second Prose Manuscript Bootcamp was held from 3-5 August 2018 at 3A Jalan Kubor with campers, Hidhir Razak (a novel "Kemunting"), Aleithia Low (a creative non-fiction text "Written By Light"), Jocelyn Suarez (a novel "The Literature Historian") and Annabel Tan (a short story collection "Potted Jungle").
I was honoured to be a judge at the camp with Yu-Mei Balasingamchow and Wena Poon.
Well done to Tse Hao Guang on a very well organised event, and a big thank you to all the panellists. At the end of the weekend the other long listed writers joined the camp.
Images from the last Prose Bootcamp in 2016 are here.
On 18 August at 2pm a reading will be held at Sing Lit Station where the four campers will read from their work.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman, excerpt from Songs of Myself from Leaves of Grass
On 10 March 2018 the Singapore edition of Clarissa Goenawan's Rainbirds was launched at The Arts House by Math Paper Press.
Clarissa was a member of Writing the City and will be appearing on 21 July 2018 at Writing the City at Sing Lit Station at 3A Jalan Kubor. I hope to see you there - where I will be talking with Clarissa about querying agents and the publishing process.
For more details about Writing the City we have a Facebook page here that you can join
Goodbye Artistry and goodbye Speakeasy. It feels like the end of an era as Speakeasy and Artistry finish up in March 2018 at Speakeasy: One Last Dance. A large amount of gratitude to Pooja and Prashant for their courage and vision in running Speakeasy at Artistry over the years. Hopefully, the start of something as wonderful as Speakeasy will happen again soon.
Here are some of the highlights I managed to witness:
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Sing Lit Station is a literary community and registered charity based in Singapore. We're really proud of what we achieved in 2017.
In 2017 we helped bring readers and writers together running over 40 free creative writing poetry and prose workshops with migrant workers, dedicated poets and writers, with members of the public at Toa Payoh Library and The Arts House, and with writers when we ran prose & poetry manuscript bootcamps at our office in Jalan Kubor.
We also ran poetry and prose workshops with some of Singapore's finest writers & educators in over 15 secondary schools in Singapore, reaching over 1,600 students and selling over 100 books of Singapore literature.
We ran a translation retreat with Literature Across Frontiers in Malaysia, CampLit - a creative writing holiday program for students, and Sing Lit Body Slam with GrappleMax Dojo combining poetry & professional wrestling. We launched a new prize to promote South East Asian poetry, The Hawker Prize. And we continue to run the things we usually do like SingPoWriMo and poetry.sg.
But we need your help so we can continue to support your Singapore literary community: PLEASE DONATE HERE. We can't continue to do the things we do unless we have your generous support.
And do let us know your thoughts on how we can improve and what you'd like to see in the future at Sing Lit Station.
On 28 October 2017, Epigram Books launched Best New Singapore Short Stories, Volume 3, edited by Cyril Wong with Jason Erik Lundberg as Series Editor at Kinokuniya. I was very pleased to have a story, Walking Backwards Up Bukit Timah Hill, published in the anthology and another story, The Model, included in the Honourable Mentions. A big hats off to Cyril for reading so many stories & to Jason for having the vision and determination to start the series in Singapore some 4 years ago.
Also, Epigram Books launched Boey Kim Cheng's new novel, Gull Between Heaven and Earth. Kim Cheng's Between Stations reprint has sold out!
The October Writing the City will be a Playwriting Workshop with Haresh Sharma, presented by Writing the City and the NLB SG Author Series, and will take place on 21 Oct 2017 at 2pm at Toa Payoh Library.
Haresh Sharma has been the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage since 1990. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2015. To date, he has written more than 100 plays which have been staged in over 20 cities. His play, Off Centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for 'N' and 'O' Levels.
Haresh has 13 publications of his plays, including Trilogy, Shorts 1, Shorts 2 and Don't Forget to Remember Me. His works have been translated into Malay, Mandarin, Greek and Italian. He was awarded Best Original Script for Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards respectively.
He is the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. In 2014, he was conferred the Southeast Asian Writers (or S.E.A. Write) Award (Singapore), which recognises and honours literary excellence in the ASEAN region.