Singapore Literature Conference 2019

Speaker FAQ's

Is the conference open to the general public?

Yes, the conference is free and open to all. 

How can my friends/family register for the conference?

They can register via Peatix. They may choose to select tickets for either the morning session (8:45am-12:00pm), afternoon session (1:00pm-5:00pm), or select both sessions. The full programme details are available in the Peatix description.

What is the expected size of the conference? 

We are hoping to draw around fifty to a hundred attendees. 

Will print copies of the programme booklet be available?

Yes, we are selling print copies of the programme booklet at $2.00 each (recommended cash donation to cover printing costs). The booklet is also available online at​.

May I know the conference programme?

Please find below the full programme (last updated 8 July 2019):

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
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
"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

Who are the organizers/institutions behind this conference?

Poetry Festival Singapore is the sole organiser for this event. Our venue host is National Library Board. The inaugural Singapore Literature Conference in 2017 was run by Poetry Walls and the National University Singapore Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

May I know more about the inaugural Singapore Literature Conference?

​The inaugural Poetry Walls-NUS FASS Singapore Literature Conference 2017 was held at LASALLE College of the Arts with the 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.

Will the conference publish proceedings? What will be included in the proceedings?

We are currently seeking funding to publish the proceedings. We hope to compile the conferences papers and include speaker bios and potentially headshots (depending on number of pages and publishing costs).

How should I format the paper for the proceedings? 

  • Submissions should not exceed either word or 20-minute time limits. 

  • Paper should be between 2,000-6000 words (including the title, footnotes, or bibliography/Works Cited) and should take no longer than 20 minutes to read.

  • Redundant or Duplicate Publication: Redundant or duplicate publication is publication of a paper that overlaps substantially with one already published. When submitting a paper, the author should always make a full statement to the editor about all submissions and previous papers that might be regarded as redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar work. The author should alert the editor if the work includes subjects about which a previous paper has been published. Any such work should be referred to and referenced in the new paper. Copies of such material, including papers in press, should be included with the submitted paper to assist the editor in determining how to handle the matter.

  • Title: Start with the title, which should be in bold letters and centred. It should be concise and clearly convey the subject of the paper.

  • Name(s) of Author(s): Please add an asterisk next to the name of the presenting author (speaker), who should also be the corresponding author. For each author, please provide organizational affiliation, name of city and country of residence, and e-mail address.

  • Abstract (not more than 200 words).

  • Keywords: A list of keywords (maximum of five) must be included after the text of the abstract. Words from the title should not be repeated in the list of keywords.

  • Body of paper: Organize the paper in sections e.g. Introduction, Literature review, discussion, conclusion.

  • Citation Style: APA.

  • Font: Times New Roman 12 pt.

Will I receive a fee for speaking at the conference?

Unfortunately, as Poetry Festival Singapore is a non-profit run mainly by volunteers passionate about the literary arts, we are currently unable to offer compensation for speakers.

Will food be provided at the conference?

Dr. Ng Chiew Hong has kindly offered to sponsor morning snacks for all and lunch for the speakers.


What should I do if I cannot attend the conference anymore?

We are sorry to hear that you will not be able to join us. If you would prefer to have a representative present on your behalf, please email us at with their contact details as soon as possible so we can arrange to have them at the conference.

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