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Get literal with the Singapore Writers Festival!

By Ninart LuiEvents - 19 October 2011 2:43 PM | Updated 21 October 2011

Get literal with the Singapore Writers Festival!

Singapore Writers Festival 2011 returns to our shores this year with a refreshing new theme of “Transaction”. One of Asia’s premier literary events organized by the National Arts Council, the Festival provides a platform for Singaporeans to engage with some of the world’s biggest literary talents, as well as promote new and emerging local and regional writing to the globe.

Taking place from October 22-30, the Festival will feature a larger selection of literary offerings with more than 120 participating writers and more than 170 events held across six central venues. Excited yet? Let’s start exploring!



Music and lyrics go hand in hand, and the best songs are pure poetry. In this vein, Timbre Music Academy has partnered with the SWF to come up with the Poetry of Song contest calling for poems surrounding the theme of “Love Notes”. The final 5 are then transformed into love songs by Timbre Music Academy’s singer-songwriters. Catch the winning performance at the Poetry of Song concert finale on October 26, Wednesday at Timbre @ The Substation!


Kids get lavished with attention this year at the Little Lit!  (Oct 26, Wed) - which sees renowned local children book writers encourage kids to enjoy reading and writing with workshops, and a Book Lovers’ Tea Party with readings by favorite local celebrities Amy Cheng and Edmund Chen.


Crossing into the world of the visual arts this year, Witness (Oct 23-30) by Donna Ong explores the phenomenon of web communication using the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier in the year as her base point. Exceptionally touching, this installation is guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings.

PasSAGES Unwound (Oct 30, Sun) uncovers heartrending personal stories from residents in a hospice and old-age home that would have otherwise gone unheard. Catch the culmination at a reading and sharing session on Sunday, October 30 at the Singapore Art Museum Chapel.

Travel back in time with Voyage: A Literary Journey Through Singapore’s History  (27, 29 Oct) as the Singapore History Gallery comes alive at night with dramatic readings and performances of poems and literary works from famous Singapore writers such as Edwin Thumboo, Lee Tzu Pheng, Robert Yeo, Alvin Pang and more.

Fancy a tasty time with your favorite author? The Eat Your Words series features authors Yang Lian, Andrew Motion, Julian Baggani and more where you can share their table at the elegant Viet Lang restaurant.


There’s tons more highlights that are too numerous to mention, so we’ll leave you to explore the SWF website for more details. Bon Appetit!


Singapore Writers Festival 2011 is on from October 22-30, at various venues. For more information, check out and