The Singapore Writers Festival is apparently the place to be from October 21 to October 30. Do read Muse’s “Our Guide To SWF 2011.” I agree that “there are gems to be found in the festival but we found the website hard to navigate and [it] hard to choose from the buffet of options.” The Musee d’Orsay Readings, Voyage: A Literary Journey Through Singapore’s History, Visual Arts: Rare Books Tour, and Civic Life: Tiong Bahru Film Screening + Discussion, among others, caught my eye.
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I’ll be moderating Are Folktales Still Relevant Today? on October 29 from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Glass Hall in Singapore Art Museum. A brief description of our discussion: “How can we bring to life folklore of yesterday and excite a new generation of readers, despite their short attention span and multiple distractions all around them? Noted writers of Asian tales for the young weigh in on interesting issues during this panel discussion on the relevance of folktales.”
And I’ll be conducting a Bookmaking 101 demonstration at Writecamp on October 29 (time TBD) in Seminar Rooms 1 and 2 of the National Museum of Singapore. Writecamp is SWF’s take on the “unconference,” a dynamic user-generated series of workshops and talks where presenters share their knowledge to small, passionate audiences. My talk will focus on folding structures (such as the accordion fold) and binding structures (such as the three-hole pamphlet-stitch) and the different ways text functions in the space of a book.
Come by and say hello!
(Additional credits: Image via Singapore Writers Festival.)