Bookworms, aspiring writers, journalists, publishers and those who just want a fiction packed week; congregate at the Singapore Writers Festivalbetween 2-11 November for your lit-fix.
This year (their 15th) promises to be bigger and better with 200 events and 185 writers coming to Singapore’s shores to create many first-of-its-kind events and bring back festival favorites both free and ticketed. We trawled through their packed calendar to handpick a few stand out events that should not be missed. The best part: there is something here for everyone.
The big-draw/must-attend event
In the Beginning, there was the Story...
Bestselling author of 'The Hours', Michael Cunningham hosts one of SWF’s lecture sessions and attempts to tell us how storytelling has evolved over the years, and how it has not. After all novels have descended from the ancient and fundamental human act of storytelling.
04 Nov, 4pm - 5pm | Venue: Drama Theatre, School of the Arts | Price: $20
You can also share a meal with Michale Cunningham, get up close and personal with the Pluitzer prize winner at Literary Meals - Eat Your Words with Michael Cunningham
Best free event
Closing Debate: Sinking Roots Here is Little More Than Shopping and Eating
The SWF closing debates are always high on humor, irreverence and witty repartee. This year will be no different with the hot topic on hand. Expect side-splitting, tongue-in-cheek and possibly illogical arguments.
11 Nov, 7pm - 9pm | Venue: ilovebooks.com Pavilion, Campus Green, Singapore Management University | Free Admission
Best for foodies
Asian Larder by Sylvia Tan
Veteran foodie journalist (and InSing contributor) Sylvia Tan demystifies common and not-so-common ingredients found in a typical Asian kitchen. Catch her talk about her new book that features over 100 recipes, traditional and fusion, along with tips on new ways of using ingredients in your Asian pantry.
9 Nov, 8 30pm - 9 30 pm | Venue: Festival Pavillion, Campus Green, Singapore Management University | Free Admission
Best for the aspiring writer
This isn’t just a workshop, it really is a masterclass, an hour and a half of intense writing how-tos and what-not-to-dos by top Australian novelist Brian Castro. Write, get published and be read – the inside story and real deal.
3 Nov, 11 30am - 1pm | Venue: Seminar Room 3-2, School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University | Price: $15
Aspiring fashion journalists go hear what ELLE’s editor-in-chief Sharon Lim has to say in a workshop on Writing Fashion
Best for bursting bookshelves
Books and Beer
This is a book swap of the best kind – it is one accompanied by beer. Register for this event and bring along your pre-loved (and in good condition) books and swap them with other book lovers.
3 Nov, 5pm - 7pm | Venue: Switch (NTUC Trade Union House) | Free Admission
Best for children
This year the SWF hosts a selection of programmes for children only (sometimes parents are allowed too). There are meet-the-author sessions, activities and storytelling – start them young and watch them turn into book lovers for life. Our picks : the parent and child storytelling workshop with Kamini Ramachandran
2 - 11 Nov | Venue: Various festival venues | Free Admission
Best for sports enthusiasts
Learn how authors capture the drama and action packed pace of a sporting match on the pages of a novel, discover how leading authors uncover the drama behind wrestling, cricket and sharp-shooting to draw larger lessons about life itself.
3 Nov, 10am - 11am | Venue: ilovebooks.com Pavilion, Campus Green, Singapore Management University | Admission with Festival Pass