A novel idea with flawed execution. Immersive productions are all the rage these days, with audiences often demanding to experience art beyond the usual mediums. Naturally, one of these art forms would be literature, where one’s imagination is already subject to go wild as we visualise fantastic worlds and characters within their pages, and lends
After 10 days of exciting programmes, pop ups, local and international authors and new ways of engaging with literary arts, the 21st edition of the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) finally drew to a close last Sunday, after opening audiences up to the many worlds authors created and brought to life through their writing and thoughts.
With a theme like 界(Jie): The World(s) We Live In, it’s impossible for the Singapore Writers Festival not to fill itself with programmes and events that discuss the state of affairs surrounding the world today. At times horrifying with the increasingly dismal state of politics and disasters, at times completely absurd with the odd news we
The 2018 Singapore Writers Festival kicked off to a roaring start this week, marking the final year with Yeow Kai Chai as Festival Director. Taking on the title of 界 (‘Jie’): The World(s) We Live In, this year’s programme, as always, brings together some of the foremost international writers from all mediums and genres, ranging
If you’re a book nerd like us, then you’ve probably had a few experiences where you’ve read something, and wanted desperately to meet the author. Problem is, what happens when those authors are dead? Not to worry though – Global Cultural Alliance will be performing a seance this week at the Singapore Writers Festival, summoning
The Singapore Writers Festival returns this November for its 21st edition to maintain its claim as the leading regional literary event. Armed with this year’s theme of 界 (jiè), the Chinese character for ‘world’, this edition of the festival aims to inspire people to come together to explore new worlds and ideas as they come together to grow
The 21st edition of the National Arts Council’s annual Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) returns for two weekends this November. After last year’s theme of Aram, this year’s festival is themed around the Mandarin theme 界 (jiè), alluding to how stories can express “the world(s) we live in” and help us better understand our individual and shared
In its traditional stand-up comedy routine form, the closing debate of the Singapore Writers Festival had audiences falling off their chairs laughing through the 90 minute show. Ironically, this only proved that the ‘kiasu-ism’ displayed by over 600 people queuing over six hours for free entry tickets to the debate was worth it after all.
If science fiction is almost always wrong, why read it in the first place? That is a position that author Ken Liu often finds himself defending to the sci-fi skeptics. And certainly, one the Harvard Law School graduate does so beautifully in his entertaining and eloquent lecture on the power of science fiction last Sunday
Eight writers from the UK, Ireland, Iran, Australia and Singapore gathered in the Arts House Chamber and celebrated their personal heroes tonight through the written word. Moderated by poet Marc Nair who described the Singapore Writers Festival reading-and- performance event as “a dessert buffet” of sorts, the strong line-up of artists indeed dished out a feast