Suitable for: 15 years old and above
Duration: 80 minutes
Min Pax: 10
Max Pax: 20
Price: $250.00 per session
A poetry reading with Keki Daruwalla, Nordita Taib, Aaron Lee, Lin Rongchan, Eric Tinsay Valles, Grace Chia, Chitra Ramesh, Ow Yeong Wai Kit, Psalmideo et al.
Spiritual poems inspire people to aspire to wisdom, love and self-realization. Representing various faith and humanistic traditions, the featured poets reach out to seek peace and virtue through art.
About the Presenters:
Host: Ow Yeong Wai Kit is an educator, editor, and writer. He has edited poetry anthologies such as From Walden to Woodlands and Love at the Gallery. As a teacher of English and Literature, he has an M.A. 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).
Eric Tinsay VALLES has published the poetry collections A World in Transit & After the Fall: dirges among ruins as well as co-edited Get Lucky Anthology of Singapore and Philippine Writings and Sg Poems 2015-2016. His poetry has appeared in SEA Review of English, Routledge’s New Writing & other journals. He has won a Goh Sin Tub prize. He has been invited to read poetry or commentaries at Oxford & Kistrech Festival. He is a director of Poetry Festival
Grace Chia is the author of a novel, The Wanderlusters, a short story collection, Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Be Food, three poetry collections, womango, Cordelia and Mother of All Questions. She is the editor of anthology,We R Family, and her writing has been anthologised in the US, Australia, Germany, France, Serbia, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. She has been
awarded writing residencies in Korea and Macau and was the first national Writer-in-Residence for NAC-NTU from 2011-2012.
PsalmiDeo Chorale has been promoting Philippine culture and artistry since 2002. In July 2016, the group was a Grand Prix finalist in the prestigious Singapore International Choral Festival (SICF), and was declared Category Champion in the Mixed Voices (Open) category. Currently under the direction of esteemed conductor Dr. Joel Navarro, "Psalmi" continues to explore new musical horizons and artistic challenges, while building bridges of fellowship with the various communities in Singapore.
Lin Rongchan’s works have appeared in anthologies and Lianhe Zaobao. Awards received include the SPH-NAC Golden Point Award 2011 (Chinese Poetry – Honourable Mention) and the 7th Singapore Tertiary Chinese Literature Awards (Poetry – 3rd prize). Rongchan is passionate about promoting creative writing. She has been an instructor for the Author-in-Residence Programme organized by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning since 2012.
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 new A-level anthology Lines Spark Code. In 2014, he and his wife, the artist Namiko Chan Takahashi, co-founded the Laniakea Culture Collective to champion communitarian values through the arts.
Prof Edwin Thumboo has published five poetry collections, most recently Word-Gate (2013). An emeritus professor and professorial fellow at the National University of Singapore, he has held visiting professorships in the US, UK, Australia, Austria, Hong Kong and Malaysia. 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), and Essays on Edwin Thumboo (2008) and Understanding Verbal Art (2015), both edited by Jonathan Webster.
Keki N. Daruwalla
Born: 1937, in a Zoroastrian family. Publications: Ten poetry volumes, including Collected Poems (Penguin), five volumes of Short Fiction and two novels. Third novel , “Swerving to Solitude” is in press with Simon Schuster. Readings: Has read widely in UK, Struga, Stockholm and USA.
Awards: Sahitya Academy Award 1984, Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Asia 1977, Padma Shri (India’s national Award) 1914, Poet Laureate Award Tata Literary Festival 2017.
Retired as Secretary Cabinet Secretariat 1995. Served as Special Assistant to Prime Minister 1977, and Minister Consular in Indian High Commission London. Was Member Commonwealth Observers Group for Zimbabwe Election 1980.
Pendidikan : Sekolah Rendah Duchess 1967- 1973
Sekolah Menengah Sang Nila Utama 1973-1976
Kerjaya : Kerani di Majlis Sukan Singapura
Karya : Antologi Puisi Siri Bebas Melata
Antologi Puisi Lentera Sastera
Koleksi Cerpen dan Sajak SG50 - Di Bawah Langit Tanah Pertiwi
Antologi Puisi Inggeris - Terjemahan SG POEMS
Anugerah : Anugerah Pena Emas 2013 Kategori Puisi