Writer Colin Goh talks about Singlish during the Singapore Writers' Festival 2013
Wander through the Singapore Writers’ Festival and discover screenings, readings, performances, storytelling sessions, debates and even walking tours, led by local and international writers and artists.
Taking place in a multitude of venues, from libraries to theatres and cafes, an impressive spectrum of events that range from free flights-of-fancy to posh paid meals with established authors are on offer, spanning all four of our official languages too. inSing tempts you with a taste of what to expect, by picking out five of our favourites.
Putting the Squeal in your Meal
Peter James is the mastermind of some of those most bone-chilling, bile-inducing crime fiction ever. An international best-selling crime novelist, he known for his extremely in-depth research that involves spending lots of time with the police force and owning his own police car. Meet the man himself over lunch and pick his brains while picking at your food. Rest assured the table talk will whet your interest, but maybe not your appetite.
Eat Your Words with Peter James | Date: 10 Nov, 1-2.30pm | Venue: Viet Lang | Address: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane | Tickets: $60 from www.bytes.sg
Most of us know that Western fairy tales originally contained much more sex and violence than their sanitised Disney incarnations. Well, it’s the same with our Asian counterparts. Accompanied by haunting gamelan music courtesy of the Bronzage Gamelan Ensemble, noted storytellers from Indonesia and Singapore tell three traditional tales that are magical and macabre. Some of them might already be familiar to you, except the rendition you'll hear here absolutely does not censor the threads of violence, incest and bestiality of the original versions.
Darkness and Light – Tales from Southeast Asia | Date: 7 Nov, 8-9.30pm | Venue: Play Den | Address: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane | Festival Pass required, available at Sistic
Simple poems can create entire stories in people's minds, and just to show you how, playful postmodern theatre company, Cake Theatrical Productions, proudly present an original poem-inspired tale. Based on Madeleine Lee’s book of poetry ‘one-point-six-one-eight’, celebrated theatre performers Karen Tan, John Cheah and Rizman Putra literally put poetry in motion as they enact the haunting tale of a woman on a flight. Returning from Tanzania to Singapore, disturbingly clear memories rise up in this woman’s mind, before the spectre of a loved one suddenly appears before her eyes.
One point six one eight | Date: 9, 10 Nov, 8pm | Venue: Drama Centre Black Box | Address: #05-01 National Library Building, 100 Victoria St. | Tickets: $25; email email@example.com
Poetry in 3D
This walking tour shows off poetry in a stunning solid state. Imagining what sculptures might say if they could talk, five performers match evocative poems from local and international poets with various diverse Singapore Biennale installations. Join these performers on a dreamlike journey through visual and aural lyricism.
Poetic Interventions @ Singapore Biennale Sites | Date: 9 Nov, 7pm | Venue: Meet at main entrance, National Museum of Singapore | Address: 93 Stamford Rd. | Tickets: Singapore Writers Festival Pass required, available at Sistic; registration also required for the event at bit.ly/poeticinterventions.
To be believable, authors' characters must talk the talk, and for Singapore characters, the talk is Singlish. In this fun discussion, celebrated local writers Colin Goh, Faith Ng and Joshua Ip talk about using frowned-upon Singlish in their work, and the surprising ways readers and audiences have responded.
Singlish in Sing Lit | Date: 2 Nov, 4pm | Venue: Binary Pavilion, Campus Green, Singapore Management University | Address: 70 Stamford Rd. | Singapore Writers Festival Pass required, available from www.sistic.com.sg