Published on 23 October 2017

The Singapore Writers Festival (2017) is all about celebrating words and stories in all forms.

By Melanie Lee

Haven’t picked up a book in ages? No worries! The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), one of Asia’s premier literary events, has plenty of non-bookish programmes to entertain you during the first two weekends of November. Here are five which just might tickle your fancy!

Lyrical Éire: An Irish Night of Words and Music

Fri, 3 Nov 2017, 8pm – 9.30pm
The Arts House, Chamber

Six Irish writers, performance poets and musicians will gather together with two Singaporean writers to celebrate the magic of Ireland with sonorous voices and beautiful turns of phrase. The featured artists are Cat Brogan, Abby Oliveira, Julian Gough, Claire Keegan, Deirdre Sullivan and Paul McVeigh from Ireland, as well as Deborah Emmanuel and Marc Nair from Singapore.

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Make a Fun Family Portrait!

Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 4.30pm – 6pm
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Have some creative family fun with Israeli mixed-media artist Hanoch Piven, who is best known for his celebrity caricatures using everyday objects. Plenty of laughter and fun are guaranteed during this session as you work with loved ones to create a quirky family portrait together! This activity is suitable for ages 4 and up.

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Take a Break in an Age of Uncertainty

Sun, 12 Nov, 2pm – 3.30pm
The Arts House, Chamber

If you’re weary of the ideological clashes that you constantly see erupting on social media platforms, this SWF Lecture with four distinguished American authors might be just the thing for you. Junot Diaz, Ben Katchor, Sarah Churchwell and Miriam Bird Greenberg will share how they chill and recharge, and offer advice on how to deal with the ongoing chaos.

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Sons of Singapore feat. Daughter of Singapore Sharul Channa

Fri, 10 Nov 2017, 8pm – 9.30pm
Victoria Theatre

Catch our country’s top stand-up comics in their element as they tackle issues close to the hearts of Singaporeans. Experience a unique mix of comedy styles from The Sons of Singapore – Fakkah Fuzz, Jinx Yeo and Rishi Budhrani in this giggle-packed show hosted by the honorary Daughter of Singapore, Sharul Channa. There will also be a post-show dialogue discussing the craft of comedy writing.

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This House Believes That Kiasuism is a Good Singaporean Trait

Sun, 12 Nov 2017, 7pm – 8.30pm
Victoria Theatre

Don’t miss SWF’s Closing Debate, one of the most popular and entertaining festival events! This year’s motion is on kiasuism, the supposed quintessential quality which characterises a Singaporean, and yet it is also lambasted for creating a selfish, overachieving society. The debate will be moderated by Eleanor Wong and will feature Ovidia Yu, Oniatta Effendi, Shamini Flint, Gwee Li Sui, Petrina Kow, Rishi Budhrani, Arianna Pozzuoli and Adrian Tan.

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The Singapore Writers Festival will take place from 3 – 12 November 2017. Click here for more information.

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