This year’s Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) will revolved around the theme ‘Aram’ (அறம் pronounced ah-ruhm). This word is taken from the ancient Tamil text Thirukkural and means “goodness” and “doing good”.
SWF is in its 20th edition, and the Country Focus this year is Ireland, which has a population size similar to Singapore. Many Irish writers have won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes and Booker Prizes in literature. They include literary luminaries such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Seamus Heaney and C.S. Lewis.
The Singapore Writers Festival is one of the few multi-lingual literary festivals in the world, celebrating the written and spoken word in Singapore’s official languages – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.
Here are highlights from last year’s festival: