As the Singapore Literature Festival in New York City gears up for its opening this September, its organisers will be hosting some literary events in Singapore. These include readings and conversations with Singaporean authors based overseas, many of whom are iconic writers and poets.
Singapore Unbound: Writing, Reading, and Publishing Overseas
with Alfian Sa’at, Ovidia Yu, and Koh Jee Leong
Three prominent Singaporean writers, Alfian Sa’at, Ovidia Yu, and Koh Jee Leong, read from their works and share their experiences with overseas readers, editors, and publishers. Between them, the writers cover multiple genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, essays, crime stories, and children’s writing. They will discuss the impact of Singapore literature beyond the boundaries of the country, and how their writing is, in turn, changed by the encounter. They will also speak about the upcoming 2nd Singapore Literature Festival in New York City, to be held from September 28 – 30, 2016, and their hopes for the future of Singaporean writing. This event is organized by & Co, the National Gallery’s museum store.
Saturday, 9 July, 7:00 pm
National Gallery, The Glass Room
Level 4 Mezzanine, Supreme Court Wing
Singapore Unbound: The Transgressions Reading
with Cyril Wong, Ovidia Yu, Tania De Rozario, and Koh Jee Leong
Forbidden love. Broken promises. Criminal acts. Blasphemy. Cyril Wong, Ovidia Yu, Tania De Rozario, and Koh Jee Leong read their transgressive writings in the heart of sanitized Singapore, and go unpunished. Or punish them, if you’re into it. Proudly presented by the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.
Wednesday, 20 July, 7:30 pm
Booktique, CityLink Mall
Meet the Poet at Caffe Pralet
with Jee Leong Koh
On this Friday evening, connect with poet Jee Leong Koh and experience culinary delights in a cosy environment — any blues are sure to subside by the end of this event! Whether you’re an aspiring author, corporate executive, or home-maker, you’re welcome to join us with colleagues, friends and loved ones to enjoy an informal exchange about “Steep Tea”, a unique collection of insights that blend traditional and contemporary poetic styles. During the session, Jee Leong will share his life experience, and how he got to down to writing and publishing the book in the UK.
Get details and directions at the Meetup event.
Friday, 8 July, 6:30 pm
Caffe Pralet, 17 Eng Hoon Street, #01-04, Eng Hoon Mansions