The Singapore Writers Festival kicks off this November, shining the spotlight on creative talents in Singapore, Asia, and beyond.
But wait! Don’t click away just yet – there’s more than just books and unfathomable poems.
Check out our top picks!
Renowned American author, cultural critic and self professed “bad feminist” Roxane Gay will speak on how pop culture has many lessons to teach us in unpacking and navigating our identities in a complex social and cultural climate. More info here.
Acclaimed British-born travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer is back to meditate on the spaces between the spoken and the unspoken while living in Japan, where he has made his home for the past three decades. Reflecting on the concepts of nuance and silence, here’s your chance to listen to his take on human connection and belonging. More info here.
What constitutes a story and who gets to tell it? Man Booker Prize winner and festival headliner Marlon James, author of Black Leopard Red Wolf and A Brief History of Seven Killings, ruminates on the power of language and stories in considering diversity and representation. More info here.
In this conversation, New York Times bestselling author Min Jin Lee speaks about her novel, Pachinko, a sprawling historical saga that follows four generations of a Korean immigrant family in 20th century Japan. Sharing her own experiences as an Asian-American, she will examine the intricacies of being a perceived outsider and the power of fiction in bridging cultures. More info here.
This special lecture-performance scripted by award-winning writer and disability activist Kaite O’ Reilly celebrates difference and challenges preconceptions of disability. Inspired by interviews with disabled people across the world, you will experience performers subverting the language of ableism and celebrate all the possibilities of human variety. More info here.
Singapore’s Cultural Medallion recipient and veteran playwright Haresh Sharma, who is behind celebrated plays such as Off Centre and Fundamentally Happy, examines the complexities behind the use of language in a multilingual society as explored in his work. Can this reveal more than we thought possible about an individual and about the fabric of the nation? More info here.
By Pinky Chng, November 2016 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, October 2019
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