SG POETS ON TOUR
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WORKSHOP:

TOPIC: WHEN POETRY MARRIES CALLIGRAPHY

 

Suitable for: 12 years old and above
Duration: 80 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 20

Price: $20.00 per pax

 

Mr Chow Teck Seng introduces how calligraphy has been employed to write poems, drawing examples from history, day-to-day life as well as the speaker’s own experience. The workshop focuses on Chinese calligraphy using brush and pen to personalize poetry, with examples from English and Malay manuscripts. There will be a demonstration, followed by a hands-on session. Participants will use both traditional and contemporary calligraphy materials. Most writing materials will be provided. No prior calligraphy experience is required. The session will be conducted in English and Mandarin, with on-site translator Dr Tan Chee Lay 陈志锐.

 

About Chow Teck Seng

Singapore-born, Chow writes poetry primarily in Chinese. Frequently contributing to literary journals, anthologies and the Chinese press in Singapore and abroad, he has won awards such as the Singapore Literature Prize (2014) and Golden Point Award (2009). His poems in English translation are found in “& WORDS”, “UNION” (Ethos), “Sg Poems 2015-6” and "Poetry at Sangam”and are adapted as short films by LASALLE students (2017). A former lecturer (Chinese-language Literature) at NUS and NIE, he is currently pursuing a PhD at Cambridge University.

About Dr Tan Chee Lay

Born and bred in Singapore, Dr Tan Chee Lay is an Assoc Professor in NIE, NTU and the Executive Director (R&D) of the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language. He has a BA in Chinese (National Taiwan Normal U), MA in English (NUS), MBA (Leicester) and PhD (Oriental Studies, Cambridge). He has won the Golden Point Award, Young Artist Award, Singapore Youth Award (Art and Culture) and has published over 20 creative writing and scholarly books.

WORKSHOP:

FOCUS: WRITING WINNING POETRY

PART OF NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION

THEME: To be confirmed
Available in English, Tamil, Malay and Chinese

 

Suitable for: 13 years old and above
Duration: 80 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 20

Price: $150.00 per session

 

This workshop focuses on the entry requirements for the National Poetry Competition 2018, which will open from November 2017 onwards. How does one write with strong control over form, appropriate and precise diction, a creative flair as well as a unique and confident style? What makes a winning poem? Participants will receive a collection of poems by award-winning and established poets to gain insight into trends in Sg poetry. Kindly state the preferred language, dates and times, and we will get in touch with you.

Instructors:

 

Poetry Writing (English)

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor. A former journalist, he has edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audio books. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards.

Poetry Writing (Chinese)

Born and bred in Singapore, Dr Tan Chee Lay is an Assoc Professor in NIE, NTU and the Executive Director (R&D) of the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language. He has a BA in Chinese (National Taiwan Normal U), MA in English (NUS), MBA (Leicester) and PhD (Oriental Studies, Cambridge). He has won the Golden Point Award, Young Artist Award, Singapore Youth Award (Art and Culture) and has published over 20 creative writing and scholarly books.

Poetry Writing (Malay)

Azhar Ibrahim, PhD is a Lecturer at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). He teaches Malay-Indonesian literature and ideologies of development at the Department. His research interest includes sociology of religion, sociology of literature and critical literacy, and the Malay-Indonesian intellectual development. Amongst his published books are: Menyanggah Belenggu Kerancuan FikiranMasakini (2016), Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesia World: Critical Perspectives (2014), Narrating Presence: Awakening from Cultural Amnesia. (2014).

Poetry Writing (Tamil)

K. Kanagalatha (Latha) has published two collections of poetry in Tamil: Theeveli (Firespace) (2003), Paampuk Kaattil Oru Thaazhai (A Screwpine in Snakeforest) (2004) and Yaarukkum Illaatha Paalai (No man's desert) 2016. She has also published a short story collection Nan kolai Seyium penkkal (Women I Murder) in 2007, which won the biennial Singapore Literature Prize in 2008. Her poems and short stories have been published in multilingual anthologies in Singapore, such as Fifty on Fifty (2009) and Tumasik: Contemporary Writing from Singapore (2009), and various Tamil literary journals in India, Malaysia, France and Sri Lanka. She is currently the Associate editor of Tamil Murasu, Singapore’s Tamil daily newspaper.

PUBLICATION DISCUSSION:

FOCUS: SINGAPORE POEMS

 

PUBLICATION: Sg Poems 2015/2016 Anthology

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 80 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 20

Price: $150.00 per session

 

The anthology showcases poems by finalists in Poetry Festival (Singapore)’s competition over the last two years as well as featured poets during the festival in 2015.

The event opens with a discussion of the featured poems by Siti Hazirah Binte Mohamad, Gwee Li Sui and Subramaniam Kannappan.

The anthology book is available at http://www.poetryfestival.sg/books-and-services


About Hazirah Mohamed
Hazirah Mohamed is a teacher and a literary critic of Malay poetry.

About Gwee Li Sui
Gwee Li Sui is a poet, a graphic artist, and a literary critic. His recent works of verse include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), The Other Merlion and Friends (2015), and Haikuku (2017). He wrote Singapore’s first full-length graphic novel in English, Myth of the Stone (1993), which has since been re-released in an expanded twentieth-anniversary edition by Epigram Books. Gwee received his doctorate from Queen Mary, University of London for his study of Newtonian influence in the poetry of the long eighteenth century. A familiar name in Singapore’s literary scene, he has written and lectured on a range of cultural subjects. He edited Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature II (2009), Telltale: Eleven Stories (2010), and Man/Born/Free: Writings on the Human Spirit from Singapore (2011) and wrote FEAR NO POETRY!: An Essential Guide to Close Reading (2014).

 

About Subramaniam Kannappan
Subramaniam Kannappan is a digital consultant and a literary critic of Tamil poetry.

LECTURE:

FOCUS: LITERATURE & NATION

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 50 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 50

Price: $150.00

Presenter: Emeritus Professor Edwin Thumboo
Why it is important to return to basics and reconsider the traditions of Singaporean poetry as contemporary poets create new poems about Singapore

About Prof Edwin Thumboo

An Emeritus Professor/Professorial Fellow in NUS, he has held visiting professorships at universities in the USA, UK, Australia, Austria, Hong Kong and Malaysia, including Fulbright-Hayes (Pennsylvania State University, 1979-1980), Ida Beam (University of Iowa, 1986) and George A Miller (Centre for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, 1998). He was Chairman of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, VII Triennium (1983-1986). Professor Thumboo has published five collections of poems, the most recent being Word-Gate in 2013. Studies of his work include Ee Tiang Hong's Responsibility and Commitment: The Poetry of Edwin Thumboo (1997), Peter Nazareth’s Creating a Nation through Poetry (2007), Essays on Edwin Thumboo (Jonathan Webster, editor, 2008) and Understanding Verbal Art (2015).

LECTURE:

FOCUS: OVERVIEW OF SINGAPORE LITERATURE (ENGLISH)

 

TOPIC: Examining Singapore Literature in English:
What and Who do We Read, and Why? What's Worth Learning by Heart?

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 60 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 40

Price: $150.00

Presenter(s): Mr. Ow Yeong Wai Kit and Prof. Koh Tai Ann

 

A description of the range and variety of the fiction and examination of what is generally understood by the description “Singapore Fiction in English”. Stories are many (the House of Fiction is capacious), time is short, and there is much else to read besides Singapore fiction – what and who do we read then, and why?

 

Can Singapore poets/poems ever affix themselves in the hearts and minds of present and future generations of Singaporeans. Related to these are cultural identity (Do you need to be Singaporean to be a Singapore poet? Does it help if the poem is in Singlish?) and the processes of canonization. (What does it take for a poem to be enshrined?).

 

About The Presenters
 

Ow Yeong Wai Kit is an educator, editor, and writer. He co-edited the nature poetry anthology “From Walden to Woodlands” (Ethos Books). As a teacher of English and Literature, he has an M.A. (with distinction) in English Literature from University College London. He is also an interfaith harmony advocate in the Holland-Bukit Timah Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC).

 

Professor Koh Tai Ann, currently Senior Associate at NTU's Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, has taught English Literature and Singapore/Malaysian literatures in English at the University of Singapore, NUS, NIE and NTU. Her Annotated Bibliography of Singapore Literature in English at https://eps.ntu.edu.sg/client/en_US/SingaporeLiterature/ is a regularly updated, ambitiously comprehensive digital key to the entire body of creative writing in English.

LECTURE:

FOCUS: OVERVIEW OF SINGAPORE LITERATURE (CHINESE)

 

TOPIC: Constructing Chinese-ness in Singapore’s Chinese Literature

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 60 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 40

Price: $150.00

Presenter: Dr. Tan Chee Lay

 

About The Presenter

Born and bred in Singapore, Dr Tan Chee Lay is an Assoc Professor in NIE, NTU and the Executive Director (R&D) of the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language. He has a BA in Chinese (National Taiwan Normal U), MA in English (NUS), MBA (Leicester) and PhD (Oriental Studies, Cambridge). He has won the Golden Point Award, Young Artist Award, Singapore Youth Award (Art and Culture) and has published over 20 creative writing and scholarly books.

LECTURE:

FOCUS: OVERVIEW OF SINGAPORE LITERATURE (MALAY)

 

TOPIC: Sastera Melayu Singapura: Perkembangan dan Cabaran
(Singapore Malay Literature: Its Development and Challenges)

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 60 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 40

Price: $150.00

Presenter: Dr. Azhar Ibrahim

 

About The Presenter

Azhar Ibrahim, PhD is a Lecturer at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). He teaches Malay-Indonesian literature and ideologies of development at the Department. His research interest includes sociology of religion, sociology of literature and critical literacy, and the Malay-Indonesian intellectual development. Amongst his published books are: Menyanggah Belenggu Kerancuan FikiranMasakini (2016), Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesia World: Critical Perspectives (2014), Narrating Presence: Awakening from Cultural Amnesia. (2014).

LECTURE:

FOCUS: OVERVIEW OF SINGAPORE LITERATURE (TAMIL)

 

TOPIC: Singapore Tamil Literature: The Constant Search for Identity

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 60 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 40

Price: $150.00

Presenter: K. Kanagalatha

 

About The Presenter

K. Kanagalatha (Latha) has published two collections of poetry in Tamil: Theeveli (Firespace) (2003), Paampuk Kaattil Oru Thaazhai (A Screwpine in Snakeforest) (2004) and Yaarukkum Illaatha Paalai (No man's desert) 2016. She has also published a short story collection Nan kolai Seyium penkkal (Women I Murder) in 2007, which won the biennial Singapore Literature Prize in 2008. The English translation of her short story collection 'The Goddess in the Living Room' published in 2014. Her poems and short stories have been published in multilingual anthologies in Singapore, such as Fifty on Fifty (2009) and Tumasik: Contemporary Writing from Singapore (2009), and various Tamil literary journals in India, Malaysia, France and Sri Lanka. Her works were also previously featured on Singapore’s MRT network in 1996 and also in the 2011 Moving Words campaign by The Literary Centre Singapore, and have also been translated into English, French and German. She is currently the Associate editor of Tamil Murasu, Singapore’s Tamil daily newspaper. Recently in 2016, she was joined by Indian writer B. Jeyamohan in the first-ever NAC-NIE Tamil Creative Writing Residency.

LECTURE:

TOPIC: This Image of Themselves": (re)Discovering the Merlion's Liminality

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 60 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 40

Price: $150.00

Presenter: Ian Chung

 

This paper employs the conceptual framework of liminality in order to perform a close reading of several Merlion poems, in order to demonstrate their support for an interpretation of the Merlion as a liminal creature, and gestures towards the implications this has for the Singaporean identity.

About The Presenter

A civil servant by day who watches too much TV by night, Ian Chung graduated from the Warwick Writing Programme. His writing has appeared in Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, Axon: Creative Explorations, Camroc Press Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Ink Sweat & Tears, QLRS, The Cadaverine, Unthology No. 3 (Unthank Books, 2012), and various Math Paper Press anthologies, among others. He is the editor of Eunoia Review.

LECTURE:

TOPIC: Singapore Fiction (English)

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 60 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 40

Price: $150.00

Presenter: Prof. Ismail S Talib

 

The presentation will discuss Singapore fiction in relation to its two main genres: the short story and the novel. Some issues pertaining to Singapore fiction, such as its history, its relationship to Malaysian literature, and Singaporean elements in some of the works, would be discussed.

About The Presenter

Ismail Talib is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. He has an interest in stylistics, narratology, postcolonial theory and in Singapore and Malaysian literature in English.

LECTURE:

FOCUS: DRAMA (English)

 

TOPIC: Just Add Water: Growing A Playwright in Contemporary Singapore English Theatre

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 60 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 40

Price: $150.00

Presenter: Marcia Vanderstraaten

 

This paper seeks to examine the following questions: Are Singapore English-language playwrights today better off than before in terms of opportunities? Do the challenges they face remain the same as before? Most importantly, should we care?

About The Presenter

Marcia Vanderstraaten obtained her MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, and was associate artist at W!LD RICE from Oct 2014 to Jan 2016. She is best known for HOTEL (W!LD RICE/SIFA, 2015), which won her and acclaimed playwright Alfian Sa'at Best Original Script at the M1-Life! Theatre Awards 2016.

YOUTH POET AMBASSADOR

POOJA NANSI SPEAKS

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 60 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 40

Price: $150.00

Presenter: Pooja Nansi

 

Join Singapore’s Youth Poet Ambassador as she discusses why poetry is a powerful and necessary medium in addressing issues that are pertinent to Singaporean youth and why everyone should have a poem they can turn to in hard times. The hour-long session will be structured as a mini 20-minute lecture interspersed with a reading and a dialogue with the audience.

Pooja will also discuss the power of poetry in today’s society and why the current generation will be the ones to make a bigger difference.

POETRY READINGS WITH Q&A

 

FOCUS: AVANT-GARDE CONCEPTUAL POETRY READING

 

Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 60 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 40

Price: $250.00

What does the avant-garde look like in Singapore poetry? How are definitions interrogated and reframed? How are aesthetic conventions queried? What innovations have brought something new to the table? Poets of such diverse voices including Charlene Shepherdson, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Elancharan Gunasekaran, Patricia Karunungan and Samuel Caleb Wee.

About The Presenter

Charlene Shepherdson is a poet and interactive narrative designer focused on education through technology and the arts for children, youth and adults. She uses language in written, performative and visual forms to bridge communities and empower voices. Her poems have been published in anthologies by Math Paper Press, Ethos Books and World Scientific Publishing. and The Straits Times. She is 1/3 of the spacer.gif collective, who runs Singapore’s oldest interdisciplinary open-mic, destination: INK.

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, two hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audio books. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.

Elancharan is a multidisciplinary artist and poet. He resides in Singapore with his family and cat, Leo. He has a strange love for all things poetical and Sci-Fi. He is the author of several modern poetry collections. His latest publications are Untitled Protests and Why You So Dark? by UndergroundBooks (New York). He is also the creator of House Haiku. His poetry has been published worldwide, on various international print and online platforms.

Having grown up between Manila and Singapore, Patricia nurtures an interest in diasporic literature and tries to confront these disconnects between heritage and identity in her writing. She recently graduated from Nanyang Technological University with first-class honours in English Literature with Creative Writing, which she believes was only possible through excessive coffee consumption and cat cuddling therapy. She also co-edited the 2016 anti-realist fiction anthology “this is how you walk on the moon.”

Samuel Caleb Wee thinks very hard about made-up things and sometimes gets paid for using big words. Said big words have appeared in publications such as Ceriph, Kitaab, Esquire, and OF ZOOS. He co-edited "this is how you walk on the moon", an anthology of anti-realist fiction published by Ethos Books in 2016, and is currently a Masters candidate at NTU.

POETRY READINGS WITH Q&A

 

FOCUS: RACIAL HARMONY

 

Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $250.00

Singapore has memories of how looking at others with a different skin tone as objects or categories soon makes one lose one’s own humanity. Poetry reminds us in an increasingly fractious world that we have many more things that can unite us than what can divide us.  It can provide a space for all to yearn for respect and a vision in which all are brothers and sisters under the skin. The readers weave strands of Singapore poetry from various linguistic traditions to provide a map for the discussion of the serious issue of races/racial harmony.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS
Identify themes on the issue of races/racial harmony from the various poems and, as a possible follow-up activity, creatively propose solutions to the problem of racial discrimination in society. Submit poems to the Poetry Festival (Singapore), and the selected poems may be showcased on its Facebook page and/or website.

Readers/Presenters may include Eleanor Wong, Cyril Wong, Christine Chia, Lawrence Lacambra Ypil, Theophilus Kwek, Tan Chee Lay, Eric Tinsay Valles, Aaron Maniam and Angeline Yap. With accompaniment by a musical ensemble Tanglewood Ensemble led by Gladwin Pantastico.  Performers subject to availability.

About The Presenter

Aaron Maniam is the author of "Morning at Memory's Border", which was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2007. His next collection, "Second Persons", will be published in early 2018.

Angeline Yap is an award-winning writer whose poems have been in Singapore literary publications since her student days in the 1970’s. She has collaborated with writers and artists from Asia, Australia, the UK, the US. Her poems have been read or performed in Singapore, Australia, Edinburgh, Finland and elsewhere, over radio & television, in libraries, museums, parks, cafes & even a converted Australian jail! Some poems been translated, and others set to music for choir performances in Singapore and internationally.

Christine Chia is the author of The Law of Second Marriages and a sequel, Separation: a history. She is also the co-editor of the groundbreaking anthologies, A Luxury We Cannot Afford and A Luxury We Must Afford (Math Paper Press) and has contributed to Washington Square Review, Prairie Schooner, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Unfree Verse, and the W!LD RICE play, Another Country.


Cyril Wong is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of poetry collections such as Unmarked Treasure and The Lover's Inventory. A past recipient of the National Arts Council's Young Artist Award for Literature, he completed his doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012. His poems have been anthologised in the Norton anthology, Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (2008) and Chinese Erotic Poems by Everyman's Library (2007).


Eleanor Wong is a trained lawyer and untrained playwright. Eleanor’s plays have been produced in Singapore and the ASEAN region. Her works span from the prize-winning “Peter’s Passionate Pursuit” (1985) to “Initial Conditions” (2015), a performed read of short pieces on love and quantum physics which arose out of a 3-month stint as writer-in-residence at the Centre for Quantum Technologies. Other works Invitation To Treat and The Campaign to Confer the Public Service Star on JBJ. She has also published poetry.

 

Eric Tinsay VALLES has published the poetry collections A World in Transit and After the Fall: dirges among ruins (shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize) as well as co-edited Get Lucky: An Anthology of Singapore and Philippine Writings and Sg Poems 2015-2016. His poetry has been featured in SARE, Routledge’s New Writing and other journals. He has won a Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing prize. He has read poetry or commentaries at Oxford University and Kistrech Poetry Festival.


Lawrence Lacambra Ypil is a poet and essayist originally from Cebu, Philippines. He recently received an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St Louis on a Fulbright Scholarship. His first book of poems, The Highest Hiding Place (2009) was given the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award. He teaches poetry writing at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

Born and bred in Singapore, Dr Tan Chee Lay is an Assoc Professor in NIE, NTU and the Executive Director (R&D) of the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language. He has a BA in Chinese (National Taiwan Normal U), MA in English (NUS), MBA (Leicester) and PhD (Oriental Studies, Cambridge). He has won the Golden Point Award, Young Artist Award, Singapore Youth Award (Art and Culture) and has published over 20 creative writing and scholarly books.

Theophilus Kwek has published four volumes of poetry – most recently The First Five Storms, which won the New Poets' Prize in 2016. He has also won the Berfrois Poetry Prize and the Jane Martin Prize, and was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Guardian, The North, Southword, The London Magazine, Cha, and The Irish Examiner. He is Co-Editor of Oxford Poetry and Chief Executive Assistant at Asymptote.

Tanglewood Camerata is a performing group of classical musicians from Tanglewood Music School. Its’ members has performed extensively with various projects, orchestras and music festivals such as the Singapore International Festival of Music outreach performance at the Marina Bay Sands in October 2016 and Tanglewood Gala Concert in December 2016. The group presents a repertoire from classical to contemporary music.

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