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.
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.
What a night. The room was packed with standing room only at the back. My doppleganger Jon Gresham would be proud.
Here are the images:
And here is the aesthetic case for the event from Hamid Roslan.
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"The goal of the Singapore Unbound Fellowship is to cultivate literary talent and encourage literary achievement by immersing a promising Singaporean author in the cultural life of New York City."
On 19 July at Artistry, the inaugural winner of the Fellowship was announced.
Congratulations to emerging playwright Nur Sabrina binte Dzulkifli. We were treated to the performance of a scene from her play "This is not a Draft".
It was lovely to hear some other emerging writers such as Teo Xiao Ting, one of the six poets chosen for the 2017 Sing Lit Station Poetry Manuscript Bootcamp, and Nuraliah Norasid, winner of the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize for The Gatekeeper.
Larger images are here.
At the end of 2016, Sing Lit Station held its first Prose Bootcamp with Clarissa Goenawan, Ng Yi-Sheng, Toh Hsien Men and Teoh Ren Jie, and a cast of writers, publishers, agents, academics and editors.
In June 2017 Krishna, Daryl and I regrouped with the Clarissa, Yi-Sheng and Hsien Minh and spent a very pleasant Saturday afternoon going through their manuscripts.
Here are some of the images.
I must concede I did not take to the cover at first, and argued with the publisher - whose winning argument was that I was too old to know what would sell to the average young Singaporean.
Now I think the cover is really good and I don't know what I was complaining about.
I think I was too attached to the First Edition cover. Sigh.
Let me know what you think.