By MELANIE LEE
TICKETS FOR SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL NOW ON SALE
Published on 7 September 2017
The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is celebrating their 20th edition this November by focusing on the theme ‘Aram’ (அறம் pronounced ah-ruhm), a Tamil word that embodies the universal ethical concept of what it truly means to be “good”.
With festival tickets now on sale, the SWF released its full line-up earlier this week, revealing a broad programme that festival director Yeow Kai Chai hopes “will inspire festival goers to reflect upon the concept of ‘goodness’ in thought, words and action.”
MORE INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS ADDED TO THE MIX
Besides the headliners revealed earlier this year, other internationally-acclaimed authors speaking at this year’s SWF include critically acclaimed American writer Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), Young Adult author Jay Asher who wrote Thirteen Reasons Why, a novel that is now a Netflix hit, and comics writer Majorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men and Monstress).
Cultural Medallion recipient and poet Anne Lee Tzu Pheng is this year’s Literary Pioneer. Besides giving a lecture, there will be an exhibition and readings of Lee’s works during the festival. Meanwhile, 12 established local writers (including Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde, O Thiam Chin, Clara Chow and Aaron Lee) will be reading out their works inspired by the National Gallery Singapore’s architecture in a special tour titled ‘Eye/Feel/Write II’. The SWF closing debate, a popular festival tradition featuring local writers, will be debating the motion “This House Believes That Kiasuism Is A Good Singapore Trait”.
Visual artist and photographer Alecia Neo was commissioned by SWF to produce a video art project illustrating the ‘Aram’ theme, along with a series of photographs that will be the first-ever photo key visuals for SWF. Meanwhile, writer-performer Deborah Emmanuel will be penning original lyrics to a song that will be performed at the Festival.
In order to make SWF as accessible as possible, deaf, visually impaired and disabled guests will receive a complimentary Festival Pass. Sign language interpreters and note-taking services are also available on the two festival weekends – 4 & 5 November as well as 11 & 12 November. Guide Dogs are welcome to all Festival events with prior notice given, and there will also be full wheelchair access at all SWF venues. For more information, please e-mail [email protected]