Lovers of the written word, now’s the time to gather again for a literary feast that’s bound to soothe your souls. The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is back! With more than 120 participating writers and 170 events to be held across six central venues, this cornucopian buffet serves up speakers like Steven Levitt of Freakonomics/ Superfreakonomics fame, award-winning author Michael Chabon, events discussing how to sell your works and working with publishers etc. Themed ‘Transaction’, the Festival aims to encourage debate and discussion through a range of programmes and events while promoting reading across the different genres. A Festival Pass that offers you access to more than 75% of SWF ticketed events is priced at $15.
Here are some of the highlights of the festival:
Poetry of Song
Singer/songwriter Luthfi Hamzah performing the work of poet Michelle Yeang. Photo by Melody Lee
How do poems sound when they are transformed into love tunes? SWF called for poems based on the theme of ‘Love Notes’ to be submitted. Of about 300 entries that were received, five entries are set to become ditties under the hands of Timbre Music singer-songwriters, Mang Irama Dusqie (Goodfellas/ Zero Sequence), Ghaz (Goodfellas), Sara Wee (53A), Surath Godfrey (Raw Earth/ TMA All-Stars) and Luthfi Hamzah (Common People).
Vote for your favourite song on the SWF website from 15 Oct to 26 Oct and see if it emerges the winner at the Poetry of Song Concert Finale on 26 Oct at Timbre@The Substation.
Date: 26 Oct (Wed)
Venue: Timbre@The Substation
Voyage: A Literary Journey Through Singapore’s History
Singapore’s literary history is infused with new life as the Singapore History Gallery becomes the stage for dramatic readings and performances of poems and literary works. The works from famous Singapore writers Edwin Thumboo, Lee Tzu Pheng, Robert Yeo and Alvin Pang, among others, take on added dimensions and meanings as they are performed amidst backdrops replete with events of historical importance.
Date: 27 & 29 Oct (Thu & Sat)
Time: 7pm, 7:20pm, 7:40pm
Venue: Singapore History Gallery, National Museum of Singapore
Mention the word “taxi-driver” and an image of a man behind wheels zipping through our little red dot pops up. But at SWF 2011, be prepared to see another side of them—they will drive you scared as they unleash stories of the haunted past on you.
Grab on to your seats, or for that matter, someone’s hand, as the taxi-drivers recount their ghostly encounters. Hailing from the “Taxi Sifu Reading Club”, these taxi-drivers hone their oratorical skills through public speaking, sharing about books they have read during regular sessions at Ang Mo Kio Public Library. So don’t be surprised if they have the uncanny ability to unnerve even the boldest souls among you.
Date: 29 Oct (Sat)
Venue: Transaction Pavilion, Campus Green, Singapore Management University
The interaction of eight local writers with residents in a hospice and old age home culminates in PasSAGES, a reading and sharing session. Join local writers Tao Zong Wang, Heng Siok Tian, Aaron Lee, Jayanthi Sankar, Noor Hasnah Adam, O Thiam Chin, Stephanie Ye and Yeo Wei Wei in this session where they share revelations birthed from their tête-à-têtes with the elderly and relate personal stories unearthed from their interactions with the residents.
Date: 30 Oct (Sun)
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Chapel, Singapore Art Museum
By Yee Wei Zhen