Headliners for SWF 2017

Published on 9 August 2017

Singapore Writers Festival 2017 recently unveiled a line-up of famous international writers that will be gracing our shores from 3-12 November 2017. They include:

Tony Parsons (UK)

Author, broadcaster and journalist most famous for Man and Boy (1999); who chronicles a series of best-selling novels he describes as “Men Lit” which addresses the woes of thirty-something men in modern society.

Ken Liu (US)

American science-fiction and fantasy writer who has consistently received some of the biggest sci-fi awards: Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy; also the acclaimed translator of Liu Cixin’s Hugo-award-winning The Three-Body Problem (2015) 

Lu Min (China)

One of the most critically acclaimed writers of her generation, Lu Min has won multiple awards, including the Lu Xun prize for short fiction. Chosen by China People’s Literature magazine as one of the 20 best writers under 40, she is representative of the new generation of writers that explores the human condition in contemporary Chinese fiction. 

Perumal Murugan (India)

Tamil author, scholar and literary chronicler whose novels depict social issues embedded in traditional Indian society

Datin Saidah Rastam (Malaysia)

A well-known composer for theatre, film dance and television, she is also an author of Rosalie and Other Love Songs which is a preservation project on Malayan music recordings, manuscripts and oral history. 

Colin Barrett (Ireland)

His first book Young Skins (2013) won both the Guardian First Book Award and the Frank O’ Connor Short Story International Prize in 2014.

This year’s SWF theme is ‘Aram’ (அறம் pronounced ah-ruhm), which means “goodness” and “doing good”. The festival will attempt to uncover the complex and layered nature of good and evil, virtue and vice. There will be an Aram Conference with a keynote panel involving speakers across various languages, and a series of break-out sessions addressing inter-culturalism, cross-border conflict and what youths want for Singapore’s future.

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