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The Mindful Poet Preview Workshops - 3-4 August 2019

Over the 3-4 August weekend, Poetry Festival Singapore hosted preview workshops for our new initiative, The Mindful Poet, a programme fusing mindfulness and poetry practice. In our August 2019 workshops, we investigated how mindfulness can be a powerful and inspiring tool to cultivate effective writing habits and grow as an individual. Our instructors, Gemma Pereira and Dani Van de Velde, guided participants through meditation practice and a writing activity. 

The Mindful Poet will launch it's full programme of bimonthly workshops and contests in 2020. Sign up for the mailing list by sending us an email at with the subject header "The Mindful Poet Mailing List".



Saturday, 3 August 2019 from 5.30-7.30pm
Jurong Regional Library, Programme Zone
21 Jurong East Central 1
Singapore 609732

Sunday, 4 August 2019 from 2.00-4.00pm
Sing Lit Station
22 Dickson Road, #02-01
Singapore 209506

Click here for original event website and instructor profiles.

Singapore Literature Conference 2019 - 27 July 2019

Singapore Literature Conference 2019 is back again for its 2nd instalment.

Join this event to explore a wide range of perspectives and disciplines in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and drama!

Theme: Metamorphosis of Singapore Literature
Date: Sat, 27 July 2019
Time: 8:45am to 5:00pm
Venue: National Library Board, Level 16, the POD, 100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064

Registration encouraged, limited seats. 
Snacks will be provided for the morning session, subject to availability. 
Attendees should prepare some cash donation for print copies of programme booklet. The booklet is also available online at
Recommended SGD $2.00 to cover printing costs. ​

Original event website and full programme, click here.

Poetry Festival Singapore 2019 - 19-21 July 2019

"metamorphosis /ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəsɪs/
A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one." 

This July, witness the transformative power and diversity of Singapore poetry at Poetry Festival Singapore 2019. Centred around the theme 'Metamorphosis', we take stock of how far we have come, while shining a spotlight on emerging talents and exciting new trends. Come celebrate the diversity of Singapore literature at multilingual readings and panels; be mesmerized by song at PALINDROMES, a poetic play with music; or unwind and let your inner words flow with Vicky Chong at a workshop on yoga and poetry. With a variety of both free and ticketed events, there's bound to be something for everyone. 

Theme: Metamorphosis
Date: Friday, 19 July 2019 - Sunday, 21 July 2019
Venue: The Arts House

Original event website, click here.

National Poetry Competition 2019 Awards Ceremony - 20 July 2019

Join us in celebration as we reveal the winners of the National Poetry Competition (NPC) 2019, based on the theme "Metamorphosis". Featuring winning poems from three categories (10-14 years old, 15-18 years old and 19 years and above) in the four official languages. 

See the full list of winners and read the winning poems here!

Event Details
Date: Saturday, 20 July 2019
Time: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Venue: The Arts House, Living Room

Original event website, click here.

SPARK! Poetry Workshop - 16 June 2019


On 16 June 2019, Poetry Festival Singapore had the honour of inviting poet Melizarani T. Selva to give a workshop on writing poems for the stage. The intimate session saw attendees learning about voice projection, confidence, owning one's space on the stage and more. The workshop ended with attendees applying what they learnt, performing for each other their own original works refined over the course of the workshop. 

SPARK! is being held in conjunction with our WRITE AND BURN! poetry challenge which will be held on 25 August 2019. Click here for sign-ups and more info! 

Event Details
Date: Sunday, 16 June 2019
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Venue: Haque Centre for Acting and Creativity

Original event website, click here.

Catharsis 2019 Not your usual POW WOW Poetry Workshop - 26 May 2019


Writing personal stories may be a painful process involving the exploration of past experiences. Join this workshop for a chance to explore your life through poetry writing on the theme of 'Catharsis'.

Also, indulge in a literary weekend of music and poetry recitation by selected participants of the 2018 ‘Catharsis’ Open Call.

Open to ages 15 and above, all residents based in Singapore.

Event Details

Date: Sunday, 26 May 2019
Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Location: Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity

About our Instructor

Elijah Chai is a teacher with a love for poetry and the English Language. He has some works floating in the Kindle ecosystem, and many others scattered on the Internet. Currently the Secretary for Poetry Festival Singapore, he nurses the vision that soon enough, everyman will step forward to share his personal voice and story.

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