News Issue 24

Published on 31 August 2015

TEXT BY PAMELA HO

Ghosh, It’s Amitav!

Two-time Booker Prize nominee stops by Singapore. 

Acclaimed Indian author Amitav Ghosh was recently in town to launch his latest book Flood of Fire, the final installment of his bestselling Ibis Trilogy. His visit, part of the India Se and Singapore Writers Festival Literary Salon, was the only Southeast Asian stop on his world tour.
The event opened with a talk by historian Prof Prasenjit Duara, followed by a Q&A session with Ghosh and lively panel discussion. Since 1986, Ghosh has published eight novels and is a finalist for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.

Textual Activity

Spinning Singapore’s written works into animation short films.

Original short stories and poetry by Singapore writers Alfian Sa’at, Amanda Lee Koe, Dave Chua, Chow Teck Seng and Vanessa Ng have been turned into five animation short films as part of Utter 2015, the brainchild of the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) and The Filmic Eye. “Through Utter, we look forward to broadening the appeal of our home-grown authors across different platforms,” says SWF festival director Yeow Kai Chai.

Themed ‘Head Trips’, these animation shorts, put together by home-grown animators, Tan Wei Keong, Samantha Seah, Henry and Harry Zhuang, Ang Qing Sheng and Darran Kuah, were screened at GV Suntec last month, with audiences enjoying post-screening dialogue sessions with both writers and animation directors.

For more on SWF’s year-round programmes, visit www.singaporewritersfestival.com.

Shuttered Dreams

Photography collective PLATFORM bids adios with exhibition.

“PLATFORM was set up in 2010 as an avenue for photographers working mainly in the documentary genre to showcase works on the subject of Singapore,” says co-founder Darren Soh. “But with the proliferation of social media as the way to share photography and the emergence of organisations doing similar things in recent years, we feel our work is done.”

TwentyFifteen.sg will be PLATFORM’s swan-song exhibition. Initiated in 2013, the project features the works of 20 prolific Singapore photographers — the likes of John Clang, Bryan van der Beek, Sim Chi Yin, Ernest Goh, Edwin Koo, Nicky Loh and Tay Kay Chin — with each contributing 15 images. These images were first published as part of a folio for each photographer.

TwentyFifteen.sg is held at the Esplanade’s Jendela Visual Arts Space and is on till 3 Jan 2016.

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