LATEST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

The "Write and Burn!" Challenge: Give voice to your soul poetry

Date: 25 Aug 2019 / Venue: National Library

WRITE AND BURN! is Poetry Festival Singapore's upcoming poetry challenge, open to all students aged 15-18! Come let your words take flight and stand to win attractive prizes as well!

 

The challenge, which centres around the theme of "Change", will comprise a semi-final round and a final round. 

 

Semi-final Round:

Submit your poems via this online form with your

(1) written poem in Word or PDF formats.

(2) performance of the poem in a short video (not longer than 5 mins) of your spoken performance as an MP4 file or a YouTube link.​

 

Deadline: Wednesday, 7 Aug 2019 (Singapore Time, 23:59)

 

20 winning entries will be selected to perform at the Final Round.

 

Final Round:

Date: Sunday, 25 August 2019

Time: 9.00am - 6.30pm

Venue: National Library Singapore

 

Prizes:

1st place: S$100 in book vouchers

2nd/3rd place: S$50 in book vouchers each 

 

Visit this link for submission guidelines and more info on both rounds. Details of prizes are subject to change.

CONTOUR: Advance Sales!

Synopsis:

CONTOUR is a commemorative bicentennial anthology that showcases submissions of published or new poems in a call for works that speak to any episode in the country’s some 700 years of history — from pre-colonial times prior to 1819, through its colonial period, right up to modern-day Singapore.

Poems are drawn from all the four major languages.

Positioned as a lyric cartography, this book attempts to map the literary imagination of a people, that helps accent and define the rich cultural landscape in Singapore.

The works published in CONTOUR are selected based on literary excellence. There is a lovely mixture of published and new texts, from writers who are established as well as emerging.

If you are interested in getting a copy of CONTOUR, fill in your particulars upon clicking "Get Ticket" and you will be notified once your the book is available for collection/delivery.
 
Advance sales price is now at SGD $24, inclusive of $1.50 Peatix admin fee (self collection).

We will inform you regarding self-collection details. Additional shipping and packaging fees may be requested if self-collection is not possible.


            

PAST EVENTS

The Mindful Poet Preview Workshops

Date: 3-4 Aug 2019 / Venues: Jurong Regional Library & Sing Lit Station

FREE ENTRY

"And who will care, who will chide you if you wander away from wherever you are," writes the poet Mary Oliver. "Sit down, like a weed among weeds, and rustle in the wind!" How can the practice of mindfulness enrich your journey as a poet? Join our free workshop to investigate how mindfulness can be a powerful and inspiring tool to cultivate effective writing habits and grow as an individual. Our instructors will guide you through meditation practice and a writing activity. We will share insights about the importance of mindfulness in sustaining the poet's practice and offer thoughtful suggestions on how to integrate mindfulness practice with one's poetry writing, so as to lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life in the process. Open to all aspiring or established writers/mindfulness practitioners, 13 years old and up. This workshop is a preview of The Mindful Poet 2020 program.

Details:

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

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

The same programme will be presented at both sessions.

About the Instructors

Gemma Pereira is an English Language and Literature Teacher and an active advocate for the Literary Arts. Her writing has been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Balik Kampung 2B, Twenty-Four Flavours: Sushi and Best Singapore Short Stories Volume Two. Gemma writes about the tension between traditional identities and modern-day environments. She also enjoys performance poetry and believes in the healing power of writing and spoken word.

Dani Van de Velde is a qualified meditation teacher with over twenty years of personal practice and over ten years teaching experience. Dani helps others understand and master the art of meditation through private coaching and courses and tailored programs for schools and organisations. She is also a popular speaker at networking forums and workshops. Dani is a member of the Meditation Association of Australia and the International Meditation Teachers Association, acknowledging her teaching experience and program development.

Singapore Literature Conference 2019

Date: 27 July 2019 / Venue: National Library

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

Join this free event to explore a wide range of perspectives and disciplines in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and drama! Registration encouraged, limited seats.

Event Details
Date: Saturday 27 July 2019
Time: 8.45am to 5.00pm
Venue: National Library Board, Level 16, The Pod, 100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064
 

MORNING SESSION
8:45am-9:30am - Registration and morning snacks
9:30am-9:45am - Guest of Honor's Opening Address by A/P Angelia Poon
9:45am-10:30am - Conference Keynote Lecture: “Metamorphosis in Singapore Poetry” by Dr. Oliver Seet


11:00am-12:00pm - Poetry & The World

"Traumas Big and Small in Edwin Thumboo’s migrant poems and Boey Kim Cheng’s After the Fire" by Mr. Eric Tinsay Valles
"Postcolonial Ecocriticism of Edwin Thumboo’s The Cough of Albuquerque" by Ms. Isabelle Lim
Moderated by Mr. Crispin Rodrigues


AFTERNOON SESSION
1:00pm-2:15pm - Plenary, Multilingual Session: "The Metamorphosis of Singapore Literature"

"Anglophone Singapore Poetry: 1990 and Beyond" by A/P Angelia Poon (English)
"Poetry in (literary) plays in Singapore Tamil Theatre as a tool to promote interest in Tamil language" by Mr Elavazhagan Murugan (Tamil)
Dr. Noridah Kamari (Malay) 
Dr. Tan Chee Lay (Chinese)
Moderated by Dr. Azhar Ibrahim


2:15pm-3:00pm - Fiction That We Read

"Speculative Fiction as Slipstream: Gwee Li Sui’s The Myth of the Stone and Nuraliah Norasid’s The Gatekeeper" by A/P Gui Weihsin
"Singapore literature as world literature" by Dr. Nazry Bahrawi
Moderated by Dr. Pow Jun Kai


3:00pm-3:45pm - Graphic Novels That Make Us Reflect

"Comics as a recuperative archive: Seeing absence in The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye" by Ms. Y-Lynn Ong
"Rewriting The Quest for Nationhood: A Postmodern Reading of Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye" by Ms. Natalie Koh
Moderated by Mr. Kevin Hing


3:45pm-5:00pm - Stories That We Share
"Longing and Belonging: Explorations of Identity in Wena Poon & Alfian Sa'at's Short Stories" by Mr. Ow Yeong Wai Kit
"Horror He Wrote: Gothic Haunting in the Movies of Kelvin Tong" by Dr. Dennis Yeo
"An Aural Navigation through the Shifting Literary Soundscapes of Singapore" by Ms. Eunice Lim Ying Ci
Moderated by Mr. Ow Yeong Wai Kit

You are welcome to sign up for both the morning and afternoon sessions on Peatix.

Snacks will be provided for the morning session, subject to availability. 

Attendees should prepare some cash donation for the print copy of programme booklet. The booklet is also available online at bit.ly/slc19bklet​.

Recommended $2.00 SGD to cover printing costs.

Singapore Literature Conference 2019 - Press Release

Date: 27 July 2019 / Venue: National Library

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

Join this free event to explore a wide range of perspectives and disciplines in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and drama! Registration encouraged, limited seats.

Event Details
Date: Saturday 27 July 2019
Time: 8.45am to 5.00pm
Venue: National Library Board, Level 16, The Pod, 100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064
 

You are welcome to sign up for both the morning and afternoon sessions via this link.

Snacks will be provided for the morning session, subject to availability. 

Attendees should prepare some cash donation for the print copy of programme booklet. The booklet is also available online at bit.ly/slc19bklet​.

Recommended SGD $2.00 to cover printing costs. 

Poetry Festival Singapore 2019

Date: 19-21 July 2019 / Venue: The Arts House

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!

For tickets and the event lineup, visit pfs2019.peatix.com.

Poetry Festival Singapore 2019 - Press Release

Date: 19 - 21 July 2019 / Venue: The Arts House

Poetry Festival Singapore 2019 - 'Metamorphosis'


"metamorphosis /ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəsɪs/
noun
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.

To register for the event, click here.

National Poetry Competiton 2019 Awards Ceremony

Date: 20 July 2019 / Venue: The Arts House, Living Room

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. 

Click the button at the bottom of this post to view the winners and winning poems, or click here to see the photos from the awards ceremony!

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

Original event website, click here.

Teaching Poetry as Enrichment Programme - A Short Guide For Educators

Date: 10 July 2019 / Venue: TBC

Five Feet Apart: Filling the Gaps in Singapore Poetry

Much of Singapore poetry takes on the form of confessional free verse. Although it is assumed that students have less trouble connecting with literature that is local and contemporary, the texts teachers select can still pose literary, cognitive and emotional gaps that we need to bridge. How do we find appropriate texts from the increasingly diverse repertoire of SingLit? What do we analyze when free verse has no form, no rhyme and no feet? How can we help students feel the gaps when they read works by Singapore poets? Join this workshop to gain an insight on how we can fill this gaps in Singapore poetry!

 

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Time: 2.00pm to 5.00pm 
Location: To be confirmed

Minimum to start: 15
Max: 25
Cost: To be determined. 
Estimated: $180.00 per teacher including dinner
(early-bird $150.00 if register by 28 May 2019) 

Suitable for whom:

Suitable for Primary 3 to Secondary 2 English / Literature teachers or teachers intending to teach poetry writing to students. Adults / Educators interested in teaching are welcome too.

Cancellation policy: 
100% refund if informed by email to us within 10 calendar days before workshop starts.

About the instructor:

Dr Dennis Yeo has taught at primary, secondary, junior college and tertiary levels. His positions include Subject Head (Literature), Head of Department (Pastoral Care & Career Guidance) and Vice-Principal of Pioneer Junior College. He is currently with the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education. His research interests include Gothic film, popular culture and literature pedagogy. He is the author of Hook and Eye: A Study Companion and the editor of Ku*lit: Asian Literature for the Language Classroom. (Recipient of NIE Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013)
 

Registration Deadline: 10 June 2019

SPARK!: A Pre-Challenge Workshop

Date: 16 June 2019 / Venue: Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity

What does it mean to give voice to your poetry? What's the difference between reading off the page and making your soul-words sing? Poetry Festival Singapore brings to you an exploratory poetry workshop for students who would like to delve into the depths of writing poems for the stage. There will be a mini-showcase at the end of the workshop for the attendees. 

Original event website, click here.

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! 

Both this workshop and the WRITE AND BURN! challenge are strictly for students aged 15-18. Due to space limitations, parents accompanying their children are strongly encouraged to wait outside the workshop venue.

Event Details
Date: 16 June 2019, Sunday
Time: 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Venue: Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity

About the Instructor

Melizarani T. Selva

Attaining first runner up at both The National Singapore Slam and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival slam, Melizarani T.Selva's poems have seen the stages of Lit Up Singapore, Georgetown Literary Festival and various events in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Singapore. Not shy of the printed page, her work has also been published in The Asian Centre Anthology of Malaysian Poetry in English. Her first collection of poetry titled 'Taboo' is set to be published in June 2015 by Perfect Binding. 

Catharsis 2019 Not your usual POW WOW - Poetry Workshop

Date: 26 May 2019 / Venue: Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity

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.

 

Original event website, click here.

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.

Reflecting on Nature: On-The-Spot Poetry Competition

Date: 25 May 2019 / Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens

On 25 May 2019, Poetry Festival Singapore and the National Parks Board invited aspiring poets from primary schools all around Singapore to join us for Reflecting on Nature: On-the-Spot Poetry Competition, a writing workshop and competition themed around the topic of nature. Under the guidance of local author Christine Chia, participants learned to express their experiences with nature through poetry, eventually producing their own original works.

Event Details
Date: Saturday, 25 May 2019

Schedule:
0830-0845 | Registration

0845-1015 | Poetry Workshop

1015-1030 | Break

1030-1100 | Poetry Competition

1100-1200 | Lunch and Craft

1200-1300 | Poetry Reading and Sharing

1300-1315 | Prize Presentation

Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens

While the poetry workshop was for participants only, parents and teachers were invited to join from 12 noon for the poetry reading and sharing as well as the prize presentation ceremony. Among all the unique and enchanting entries received, judges selected 3 top award winners, 5 merit winners and 1 special mention. Click the button at the bottom of this post to read the winning poems, or view photos from the event here!

TOP AWARD WINNERS

Light by Jane Therese Ng

Touch by Lai Ci Xuan

Light by Megan Tan

MERIT AWARD WINNERS

The Dream by Balanithila Saravanan

Leaves on the Water by Dwayne Low

Blind Man Lost by Elsa-Sumak Tan

The Journey of a Yellow Leaf by Soh Kit-Sen

leaf by Hannah Chua

SPECIAL MENTION

The Joys of Becoming a Butterfly by Fatih Hamdani
 

Interested to sign up for the next edition of Reflecting on Nature? Join our mailing list here to receive the latest updates for this and other programmes!

Original event website, click here.

Catharsis 2019 Bonanza - Migrant Poetry

Date: 5 May 2019 / Venue: Choa Chu Kang Public Library

Listen to poetry readings and watch performances to gear up for poetry writing on the theme of 'Catharsis'! Also, join a poetry workshop that will explore the same theme! 

Be mesmerized by live dance, music and poetry recitation in Bengali and English by migrant workers.

Featuring, "Price of Sweat Drop", a presentation by KOHON, A Bengali Recital Team!

This event is open to all public members and migrant workers in Singapore.

Admission is free!

Event Details
Date: Sunday, 5 May 2019
Time: 11am to 1pm
Venue: Choa Chu Kang Public Library

re: VERSE 3.0 砸诗烩 (in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil)

Date: 16 & 17 March 2019 / Venue: Centre 42

re: VERSE 3.0 is a poetry reading that is inspired by the linguistic tapestry of local poetry. Poems will take on different tongues, but instead of being lost in translation, they will be found and presented in a different light.

More often than not, translated literature conveys solely the content to non-native speakers. However, the translation of poetry, an oral tradition, which places emphasis on sound devices such as rhythm, rhyme, assonance etc., requires more than just interpretation of content. This project seeks to experiment with the distinctive phonetics of multiple languages and offer the audience an alternative way to appreciate literature from different cultures.

This is a multilingual showcase where works will be inter-translated among the four official languages of Singapore.

Join us on a journey of discovery as we unearth and reimagine the hidden gems of local poetry and also get a chance to experience another sphere of poetry as our performers take on spoken word performances based on poems!

Event timings:
SESSION 1 - SAT 16 MAR, 6.00PM - 7.30PM
SESSION 2 - SAT 16 MAR, 8.00PM - 9.30PM
SESSION 3 - SUN 17 MAR, 2.30PM - 4.00PM
SESSION 4 - SUN 17 MAR, 4.30PM - 6.00PM 

Venue:
Centre 42
 

Living Galleries Ekphrasis Poetry Tour and Workshop

Date: 9 March 2019 / Venue: National Gallery Singapore

Living Galleries Ekphrasis Poetry Tour and Workshop 


Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore presents social and cultural narratives of Singapore in paint. Three generations of Singapore Poets will do the same in verse. The poets will reflect on bonds with their homeland through the visual and literary arts.

How does one verbalize intimate feelings about home? Art becomes a muse for the poets drawn from all the official linguistic traditions in Singapore. The poems engage in the imaginative act of narrating or reflecting on situations limned in paintings. In its latest iteration, this popular poetry tour will explore representations of home in the paintings of watercolorist Lim Cheng Hoe in National Gallery Singapore.

Members of the public can also sign up for workshops on ekphrastic poetry, the same genre that will be showcased at the poetry tours. Join the workshop, "Ekphrastic Imaginings: Writing About Art in Singapore” which will be facilitated by Desmond Kon Zhicheng Mingde.
 

 

Event Details

Saturday, 9 March 2019

3.30pm - 6.30pm

National Gallery Singapore

Living Galleries Instagram Competition and Judging Criteria

In conjunction with "Living Galleries", an exhibition that celebrates Lim Cheng Hoe's artworks together with poetry, we are holding an Instagram competition in which you can participate in and stand a chance to win attractive prizes. 

Here's what you need to do:

1. Poems are to be submitted in English via Instagram.
Please tag #limchenghoepoetry and #buysinglit in your post and ensure your profile is set to 'Public' mode.
2. Entrants need to include Lim Cheng Hoe artwork Image(s) that your poem is inspired by. 

3. Include this caption - "Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore" exhibition is currently exhibiting at @National Gallery Singapore.
3. Top 3 entries will receive a book voucher of $40.00 each, sponsored by @singaporebookcouncil
*4. Top 3 winners will also be invited to read during a poetry tour on 9 March 2019, 5pm. *
5. Competition will end on 20 Feb 2019 , 23:59 Singapore Time (GMT+8)
6. Results will be announced by 25 Feb 2019. The decision of the judges is final. 

 

To ensure your poem's proficiency, be sure to check the judging criteria. 

This initiative is supported by National Gallery Singapore. 

To sign up for the free poetry tour / workshop on 9 March 2019, please register at poetryfestivalsg.peatix.com
Limited seats.

Deadline for 2nd Singapore Literature Conference Open Call Extended

We are currently having an Open Call for Mother Tongue papers for the 2nd Singapore Literature Conference which we will be organising. The deadline for submissions has been extended to, Thursday, February 28, 2019. The actual conference is slated to take place on Saturday July 27, 2019.

 

The conference is calling for abstracts. The theme of the symposium is “Metamorphosis of Singapore." We are interested in papers that explore the theme in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction or drama over time from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines. We are currently focusing our open call on papers in the Mother Tongue languages (Chinese, Malay or Tamil) as the quota for English papers have already been reached. If you wish to submit an English paper, you are still welcome to do so.

 

Each potential presenter may submit multiple abstracts to poetryfestivalsg@gmail.com by 28 February, 2019.

 

Selected presenters are encourage to submit their papers by 30 April 2019 to be published into e-copy.

 

We hope to be able to receive submissions from you. Feel free to write back to poetryfestivalsg@gmail.com if you have any queries. 

 

Contour Submission List

Thank you for your submissions in Contour 2019!

To help us in verifying your entry, do check if your poem(s) is/are in the list. Do email to poetryfestivalsg@gmail.com if your entry is not recorded or if you want to make edits to your poem title with the following:

- Language of poem

- Name of poem

- Author's name

For your information, final selections of the poems for publication will be happening around 15 - 20 January 2019. You will be notified via email if your poem is selected.

For further enquires, do email us at poetryfestivalsg@gmail.com.

 

Art & Poetry: A Spoken Word Trail

Date: 19 January 2019 / Venue: Singapore Art Museum

Art & Poetry: A Spoken Word Trail (Free Art Tour)
Explore the President’s Young Talents 2018 exhibition through an art and poetry trail, led by poets Charlene Shepherdson, Christine Chia, Chua Poh Leng, Manickavasagan Ashmita and Shivram Gopinath. From scars to nostalgia and spirituality, delve into the artwork topics and themes through live readings of multilingual poetry, written in response to the artworks.

Online registration ends 19 January 12pm. Walk-ins are welcome to register on actual event day, 19 January 2019, from 4.30pm onwards, but subject to available seats.

 

Event Details

Saturday, 19 Jan 2019

5.00pm - 6.00pm

Singapore Art Museum
8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535

(Meeting point will be sent nearer to the event date to registered attendees.)

Beauty or a Beast by Dennis Yeo

Date: 19 January 2019 / Venue: National Library, Possibility Room, Level 4

Join Dr Dennis Yeo, Lecturer at the National Institute of Education, as he shares the finer points of poetry appreciation and analysis.

Dr Yeo will demonstrate how to effectively approach the unseen poem in exams through a range of Singapore poetry.

There will also be a curator's tour of the National Library Level 8 Arts Space and a sharing session on National Library's print & electronic resources for the Arts collection.

 

About Dr Dennis Yeo

Dennis Yeo has taught at primary, secondary, junior college and tertiary levels. His positions include Subject Head (Literature), Head of Department (Pastoral Care & Career Guidance) and Vice-Principal of Pioneer Junior College. He is currently with the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education. His research interests include Gothic film, popular culture and literature pedagogy. He is the author of Hook and Eye: A Study Companion and the editor of Ku*lit: Asian Literature for the Language Classroom. He received the NIE Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013.
 

Other Tongues

Date: 7 & 8 December 2018 / Venue: The Projector, Sing Lit Station & Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity

Other Tongues is a Youth Poet Ambassador public programme and is the final programme in poet, Pooja Nansi’s tenure as the inaugural Youth Poet Ambassador (YPA) from 2017 to 2018.

Other Tongues is a literary festival that centers voices from minority communities in Singapore. The Festival is invested in promoting diversity by encouraging and empowering young people from minority communities across language groups to participate actively in the literary scene.

 

The festival runs over two days, from Friday to Saturday, December 7th to 8th, and features performances, panels and workshops in multiple locations around the Kampong Glam and Little India areas, including The Projector, Haque Centre for Acting and Creativity and our venue supporter, Sing Lit Station. Artists featured in the programmes range from established names such as Alfian Sa’at, Haresh Sharma, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Effendy Ibrahim, Bani Haykal, Siti K and Marc Nair, as well as upcoming names in the local spoken word and poetry scene, Zeha H., Atiq Lukman, Andre D’Rozario and Muslim Sahib. More than 35 artists will be featured in this festival.

Chicken Rice and Adobo: What We Love about the Philippines and Singapore

Date: 11 November 2018 / Venue: HideOut@Funan Showsuite, Junction of Hill Street and High Street

The increased trade and cultural exchanges between Singapore and the Philippines have led to shared experiences and stories in prose and poetry. This session continues a literary dialogue that has spawned joint anthologies and readings. Listen to the featured writers read excerpts of their works and join in the fellowship centred on what we love such as comfort food, cultural diversity and a good story.

 

This session is co-presented with Singapore Writers Festival.

Session Moderator: Eric Tinsay Valles

Featuring:

Aaron Lee
Singapore

Aaron Lee is a pilgrim poet, writing mentor, community organiser and regulatory/ethics lawyer. His three books of poetry (including Coastlands) are critically acclaimed, and he has won many writing awards. He also co-edited several books, including the bestselling poetry anthology, No Other City, and the GCE A-level anthology, Lines Spark Code.

Victor Fernando R. Ocampo

Claire Betitia de Guzman
Philippines - Singapore

Claire Betita de Guzman has worked as a magazine editor for Cosmopolitan Philippines, Preview and Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, and as a lifestyle reporter for the broadsheet, Today. She is now writing novels, short fiction and poetry. She is the author of chick-lit novel No Boyfriend Since Birth, which was adapted into a five-episode TV series in the Philippines. Her other novels include Girl Meets World, Budget is the New Black and her latest book, Miss Makeover.
 

Lawrence Ypil
Philippines - Singapore

Lawrence Ypil received an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Washington University in St Louis on a Fulbright Scholarship, and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. His first book of poems, The Highest Hiding Place, received the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award. His work has also received the Academy of American Poets Prize, among others.

Heng Siok Tian
Singapore

Heng Siok Tian has published five poetry collections, the latest being Mixing Tongues (2011). She co-authored The Adopted: Stories from Angkor and Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Her work has appeared in more than 20 anthologies. She recently completed a commission by Singapore Teachers Academy for the Arts to compose lyrics for use as a pedagogical resource.

Felix Cheong
Singapore

Felix Cheong is the author of 11 books, including four volumes of poetry, the popular satirical flash-fiction series Singapore Siu Dai, and his debut children’s book Use Your Head. He won the Young Artist of the Year for Literature in 2000 and holds a master’s degree in creative writing.

Love at the Gallery

Date: 3 & 10 November 2018 / Venue: National Gallery Singapore

Writing about love is a challenge. How does one verbalise an intimate and inexpressible feeling? How does one top the Bard and a steady flood of poets and songwriters? But still we persist in writing love poems.

Art becomes a muse for the poets drawn from all the official linguistic traditions in Singapore. Those poems are ekphrastic—that is, they engage in the imaginative act of describing, narrating, or reflecting on situations limned in paintings or sculptures, expanding and amplifying on the meaning that they evoke. The artworks belong to the National Gallery Singapore, which offers an unparalleled vantage point for representations of love in Southeast Asia’s rich history and cultural heritage.

We hope that the audience will be continually led back to the poems and their respective artworks.

 

Click here to see the featured artworks!

 

The featured poets will be Edwin Thumboo, Robert Yeo, Ann Ang, Yong Shu Hoong, Theophilus Kwek, Tan Chee Lay, Zhou Decheng (Chow Teck Seng), Faridah Taib, Bakti Khair, Subha Sentikumar (TBC), Subiksha Raman (TBC) and Oliver Seet will join winners of the Love @ the Gallery poetry competition as featured poets.

Between the Island and the World: National Poetry Competition Winners Showcase

Date: 7 November 2018 / Venue: The Arts House (TAH), POP Stage

Savour the winning entries of the National Poetry Competition 2018 in all of the island’s official languages as they reflect on the SWF 2018’s theme, 界 (‘jie’). These readings showcase diverse voices offering words which twist and draw out the linguistic threads, deftly crossing themes and styles in a buffet of new offerings. 

 

Session Moderator: Elijah Chai

This session is co-presented with Singapore Writers Festival.

Poetry Festival Singapore 2018

Date: 27-29 July 2018 / Venue: Various

Poetry Festival Singapore (PFS), formerly The National Poetry Festival is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Seed Grant from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019. It is also supported by Our SG Fund. It promotes poetry and the other arts through programmes that include public readings, keynote addresses, craft workshops and panel discussions.

PFS's primary aim is to promote literary excellence in a multilingual, multicultural, multi-generational setting.

Reflecting on Nature: Workshop and On-the-spot Poetry Competition 2018

Date: 26 May 2018 / Venue: Botanic Gardens

On-the-Spot Poetry Workshop and Competition were held at Botanic Gardens on Saturday 26 May 2018.
Poetry submissions were impressive. Here are the 3 winning poems and 3 special mention poems highlighted by the judges!

Check out some photos here.

OPEN CALL - Workshop Registration For 28th July, 3.30pm to 5pm (age 13 to 17)

Submission Deadline: 12 July 2018

Amber Lin will be conducting a spoken word poetry workshop for secondary school students. There is no specific theme. Selected participants will learn to refine and perform poetry during this workshop and will be given time to develop their own original work.

 

Up to 18 students may be selected and informed by 19 July 2018 (Thursday).

Workshop Date: 28 July 2018 (Saturday), 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Showcase (optional for participants): 28 July 2018 (Saturday), 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: The Arts House

Registration Deadline with 2 poems: 12 July 2018
Requirements Language: English Poem
Length: From 3 to 14 lines
Only open to local/foreign students age 13 to 17 in secondary level.
Interested students will have to prepare and submit at least 2 poems to work on, prior to the workshop.

About Amber Lin
Amber Lin is an actor, director, spoken word artiste, a part-time drama / performance poetry coach and a full-time workaholic. In 2015, she won the Best Performance Award in the National Youth Film Awards as the main lead of a short film “Chasing Tomorrow”. At present, she is a part of Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Young Company.

OPEN CALL - Theme: Catharsis

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2018

Sometimes, only words can reveal our deepest motivations. Words reveal, unveil, and expose our innermost desires and feelings. Only then can we even faintly hope to get a glimpse of ourselves at our most vulnerable, and real moments.

All (Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners) are invited to submit poems for Poetry Festival Singapore with the theme: Catharsis.

"Sometimes what we call tragedy, at least in the theater, are really case histories. They're based on the central figure, and things happen to that person, and they're called tragedy because they're extremely sad. But tragedy always has a glorious thing happen at the end of it. That's what the catharsis is."

- Derek Walcott

 

Selected poets will be informed by 10 July 2018 (Tuesday).

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2018

 

Prizes: The writers of the best submissions will perform their works at
The Arts House on Saturday, 28 July 2018, 6.30pm - 8.00pm.

Participation is by volunteer basis.
Requirements Only English language poems are acceptable at this point.
Between 8 to maximum 40 lines. Open to all in Singapore.

A Stitch In Time by David Medalla - Exhibition & Poem Reading at National Gallery

Date: 28 January 2018 / Venue: National Gallery (Zone A)

Join our 50 poets, winners of the National Poetry Competition, students from CHIJ Katong Convent, published poets and senior contestants of the National Poetry Competition in this exhibition and poem reading event. Tenor Mark Canios will be singing some poems too!

 

The event will be held on Sunday 28 Jan, 4:30pm - 6pm at National Gallery (Zone A) with a special appearance by David Medalla. We have invited 50 poets aged 12 to 75 to respond to the notion of the passing of time.

Click here to view the poems that will be read during the event.

Singapore Literature Conference 2017

Date: 29 July 2017 / Venue: LASALLE College of the Arts

The inaugural Poetry Walls-NUS FASS Singapore Literature Conference was held at LASALLE College of the Arts with the generous support of the National Arts Council and National University Singapore's Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences. The guests of honour were Mrs Rosa Daniel, CEO of the National Arts Council, and Prof Robbie Goh, Dean of NUS FASS. Prof Edwin Thumboo, Emeritus Professor at the NUS Department of English Language and Literature, delivered the keynote lecture. A biennial event, Singapore Literature Conference is now organised by Poetry Festival Singapore. You can view photos from the inaugural conference here.

BOOK LAUNCHES

BOOK LAUNCHES - 3 & 4 Feb 2018

Sat 3 Feb 2018

Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium

7.30pm
Free entry


Noorhaqmal Mohd Noor
Aqmal will be launching his book 'Dumpra", his first collection of poems from 2001 to 2016. The poems are based on his experience growing up as a Singaporean in the 90s, social issues, education and life. There will be performances by other youth poets and performers, a book discussion by Dr Azhar Ibrahim and a screening of a short film based on poems from the book.

The book wil be sold at $10 by cash payment.
If you want to get your hand on it right now, it is also available at
http://www.prakxis.com/product/dumpra/

 

About Aqmal
Winning the Mediacorp Anugerah in 2004 paved his way into the Malay media industry as a
performer, writer and producer. A singer and poet, his works have been compiled in publications by
ASAS ’50 such as Kalimat Dari Langit and Gerimis Di Kota Pelangi. Some of his performed works such
as Badan Sakral was published in Love@The Gallery by Ethos Books. His latest work as lyricist and co-composer of Ariana with the band Adnalie has been nominated for Most Popular Song (Singapore) in Anugerah
Planet Muzik 2017 organised by Mediacorp Ria 89.7 and Warna 94.2.

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Sun 4 Feb 2018
National Library, Level 5, Possibility Room
3.00pm - 5.00pm
Free Entry


Join Dr. Tan Chee Lay and Zhou Hao who will be launching their new books!
Books available at City Book Room.

折叠城市:陈志锐《狮城地标诗学》与周昊《青光》双诗集立春发布会

配合本地重要学者诗人陈志锐与本地获奖青年诗人周昊的新诗集出版,出版社城市书房与新加坡诗歌节 (Poetry Festival Singapore)将在 2 月 4 日(星期日,立春),于国家图书馆 5 楼的 Possibility Room, 举行双诗集发布会。

陈志锐博士的最新诗集《狮城地标诗学》,含 99 首地标诗作,以狮城地理为主题,全书分为:历史地标、文化与宗教地标、民生地标和旅游地标,配搭数十帧全彩照片和画作,穿插于诗歌间,作为文字的呼应与设计的呼吸。穿越诗图,时空的存在感与幻想意境的趣味盎然,期许品赏《狮》之后,可以撩拨在地读者心底对本土最柔软的生活想象,同时也轻声告诉外来行旅人:在钢骨水泥和亮丽外表之外,还有更为人文的狮城。

而本地获奖青年诗人周昊的首部个人诗集——《青光》,则选收 2007 至 2017 年间创作的新诗 90 首。除了得奖与刊登过的作品外,也含未曾发表的诗篇。诗集没有单一的主题,而是以创作时间为轴,捕捉诗人写作初期的各种尝试。内容与主旨多元,以学生时代为背景,叩问梦想、现实,情感的互涉与斡旋,以及对都市生活日常的测度与转译。形式方面,则多以短诗与组诗呈现。风格亦可见浪漫与现代的转换和兼容,有抒情亦有控诉。作为诗人创作生涯第一阶段的收割,展示了初学者的努力与趋向成熟的轨迹,也为日后的耕耘播种。

两本由城市书房出版的诗集,都以城市与文字互相叠加。发布会当天,主讲者将畅谈创作灵感的来源、新书出版点滴、现场朗读诗歌等等。

活动入场免费,并备有茶点招待,欢迎出席。

日期:2018 年 2 月 4 日(星期日,立春)
时间:下午 3 点至 5 点
地点:国家图书馆 5 楼 Possibility Room (可能之室)
主题:折叠城市
主讲者:陈志锐、周昊
主办单位:城市书房、新加坡诗歌节

OPEN CALL

POETRY OPEN CALL

Deadline on 14 and 15 Feb 2018

Poetry Open Call: A reflection on the Ides of March

The Ides of March, which corresponds to the midpoint of that month in the ancient Roman calendar, was a merry time of picnics, revelry and for settling debts. The most infamous Ides of March, however, marked the assassination of Julius Caesar and the start of civil strife in Rome. 


Tell us your feelings about the Ides of March this year in Singapore. Challenge yourself by expressing them in verse. The writers of the best submissions will perform their works over lunch from 1.30 pm to 2pm. on a Saturday, 17 March 2018, at SCAPE (MediaHub). This is part of the All In! Young Writers Festival 2018. 

Successful applications who have been selected will be informed before March 10, 2018.

Submission Deadline for poetry entry: 15 Feb 2018
For more information/online submission, visit: bit.ly/idespoetry

Supported by the National Book Development Council of Singapore.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1814925228539327/

http://bit.ly/idespoetry

 

Deadline: 15 Feb 2018

 

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Poetry Open Call for Love at the Gallery

Writing about love is a challenge. How does one articulate such an intimate and inexpressible feeling? Poetry Festival Singapore is inviting aspiring poets to write about any aspect of love.

Now you can submit your poems with the theme of Love for the event Love at the Gallery at National Gallery Singapore on Sat 10 Mar 2018, 530pm - 730pm. Successful applications who have been selected will be informed before March 10, 2018.

Submission Deadline for poetry entry: 14 Feb 2018
For more information/online submission, visit: bit.ly/lovepoetrysubmit
 

In collaboration with National Gallery and National Book Development Council of Singapore (#BuySingLit).

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/163907337716551/

http://bit.ly/lovepoetrysubmit

 

Deadline: 14 Feb 2018

Copy Of -POETRY OPEN CALL

Deadline on 14 and 15 Feb 2018

Poetry Open Call: A reflection on the Ides of March

The Ides of March, which corresponds to the midpoint of that month in the ancient Roman calendar, was a merry time of picnics, revelry and for settling debts. The most infamous Ides of March, however, marked the assassination of Julius Caesar and the start of civil strife in Rome. 


Tell us your feelings about the Ides of March this year in Singapore. Challenge yourself by expressing them in verse. The writers of the best submissions will perform their works over lunch from 1.30 pm to 2pm. on a Saturday, 17 March 2018, at SCAPE (MediaHub). This is part of the All In! Young Writers Festival 2018. 

Successful applications who have been selected will be informed before March 10, 2018.

Submission Deadline for poetry entry: 15 Feb 2018
For more information/online submission, visit: bit.ly/idespoetry

Supported by the National Book Development Council of Singapore.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1814925228539327/

http://bit.ly/idespoetry

 

Deadline: 15 Feb 2018

 

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Poetry Open Call for Love at the Gallery

Writing about love is a challenge. How does one articulate such an intimate and inexpressible feeling? Poetry Festival Singapore is inviting aspiring poets to write about any aspect of love.

Now you can submit your poems with the theme of Love for the event Love at the Gallery at National Gallery Singapore on Sat 10 Mar 2018, 530pm - 730pm. Successful applications who have been selected will be informed before March 10, 2018.

Submission Deadline for poetry entry: 14 Feb 2018
For more information/online submission, visit: bit.ly/lovepoetrysubmit
 

In collaboration with National Gallery and National Book Development Council of Singapore (#BuySingLit).

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/163907337716551/

http://bit.ly/lovepoetrysubmit

 

Deadline: 14 Feb 2018

PAST NEWS AND EVENTS

Poetry Festival Singapore 2017

Date: 28-30 July 2017 / Venue: Various

Poetry Festival Singapore (PFS), formerly The National Poetry Festival is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Seed Grant from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019. It is also supported by Our SG Fund. It promotes poetry and the other arts through programmes that include public readings, keynote addresses, craft workshops and panel discussions.

PFS's primary aim is to promote literary excellence in a multilingual, multicultural, multi-generational setting.

Lens & Lines: Poetry X Photography Exhibition (Opening)

Date: 30 July 2017 Sunday / Time: 10am to 11:00am / Venue: Block F, Level 4 Ngee Ann Kongsi Library, Lasalle

An exhibition where poetics meets photography, where the lightness of shadows engages with the weight of thoughts and inspirations, where languages and translations interact and intersect, and hopefully, where you meet your objects of inspiration.

NEWS: National Poetry Competition 2017 Finalists!

Poetry Writing Workshop: Identities and Communities by Shivram Gopinath

Date: 22 July 2017 Saturday / Time: 10am to 12:00pm / Venue: 89A Desker Road, Singapore 209611 / Workshop Fee: $38

The 2-hour workshop will be a hands-on immersion into the simultaneously meditative and visceral art form of spoken word. It will introduce hip-hop, prose monologue, comedy, and traditional poetry reading, and explore spoken word’s significance in popular culture. Working around the poetry festival-related theme of identities and communities, we will craft pieces,and perform them in the heart of the city.

[Read! Fest 2017] Anima Methodi – Recollecting Emotions in Poetry (Workshop)

Date: 18 June 2017 Sunday / Time: 1pm to 2:00pm / Venue: Jurong Regional Library, Level 1, Programme Zone / Free entry for public

Spice up the summer break with the new poetic form called the anima methodi!

It is a poetic form invented by poets Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé and Eric Tinsay Valles.
It originated in Singapore. In this session, participants will gain insight into a new means of reflecting on our emotions and the world. It also promises to hone our creative writing talent. Participants will also experience the thrill of creating new work based on samples written by published poets. The best works will be published in an anthology next year.

This Programme is conducted by Poetry Festival Singapore, a partner of Read! Fest 2017.

"Verse Tapas" Hosted by Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

Date: 21 May 2017 Sunday / Time: 6pm to 7pm / Venue: Annexe Studio Level 1 / Free entry for public

Youth Poet Ambassador (YPA) Pooja Nansi is curating and performing in “Verse Tapas,” a Spoken Word showcase featuring Cyril Wong, Shivram Gopinath, Stephanie Dogfoot and William Beale. Pooja and the other  poets will discuss what whets their appetite, what we consume, and what we are all hungry for. This isn't poetry as you know it.

Unveiling SG Poems - A Prelude to Poetry Festival 2017 - Seminar & Forum

Date: 20 May 2017 Saturday / Time: 11am - 1pm / Venue: Blue Room, The Arts House

SEMINAR: sgPoems 2015/16 Anthology


This seminar discusses the Singapore poetry landscape based on the first publication by the Poetry Festival (Singapore). The anthology showcases poems by finalists in Poetry Festival’s competition over the last two years as well as featured poets during the festival in 2015. The event unveils with a discussion on the anthology by Hazirah Mohamed, Gwee Li Sui and Subramaniam Kannappan, there will also be a forum on Our Poetry: Giving Meaning to Poetics & Politics. With panelists Gwee Li Sui, Annaliza Bakri, Ramchander and Zhou Hao, the forum aims to unravel the role of poetry in today’s social and cultural imagination, where poetics and politics have been encapsulated, blended or even relegated. It will be moderated by Dr Azhar Ibrahim.

When Poetry Marries Calligraphy - A Prelude to Poetry Festival 2017 - Workshop

Date: 20 May 2017 Saturday / Time: 3pm - 5pm / Venue: Blue Room, The Arts House

Free event. Donations welcome at the door.

Mr Chow Teck Seng introduces how calligraphy has been employed to write poems, drawing examples from history, day-to-day life as well as 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 required. The session will be conducted in English and Mandarin, with on-site translator Dr Tan Chee Lay 陈志锐.

“The Meeting Point”: Children’s Biennale Preview

Date: 20 May (opening at 10am) - 24 September 2017 / Time: 10am (for gallery timings, please refer to www.nationalgallery.sg) / Venue: The National Gallery Singapore

Join us at the unveiling of a poetry-themed art installation entitled “The Meeting Point”at the National Gallery Singapore at 10am! Keep an eye out for 100 poems written on the petals of flowers by children from here and all over Southeast Asia. The artwork is by Vietnamese artist Tran Trong Vu.

Migrant Poetic Tales

Date: 20 May 2017 Saturday / Time: 5.00pm to 6.00pm / Venue: Booktique, CityLink Mall, #B1-17A, 1 Raffles Link, Singapore 039393

Journey through multiple cultures with a poetry recital that bridges communities. Enjoy the nuances of different languages, and view Singapore experiences as well as emotions through various cultural lenses. The event co-organizer is Amrakajona Zakir, a two-time winner of the Migrant Poetry Competition.