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

Remember the days when you scribbled down your favourite poetry in the most calligraphic style you could create? Or, simply penning down some verses as part of your therapeutic scrapbook project? Yes, calligraphy and poetry is on a date and we are inviting you!

With speaker, Mr Chow Teck Seng 周德, this session introduces how calligraphy has been employed to write poems, drawing examples from history, day-to-day life as well as speaker’s own experience. It focuses on Chinese calligraphy using brush and pen to personalize poetry, with also some examples from English and Malay manuscript. There will be a demonstration, followed by hands-on session. Participants will get to 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.

If you unable to attend after RSVP-ing, please email to poetryfestivalsg@gmail.com.

Speaker’s Bio

Chow Teck Seng

Singapore-born, Chow Teck Seng has won several awards including the National On-the-Spot Calligraphy Competition (Open Category), as well as the Singapore Literature Prize 2014 and Singapore Golden Point Award 2009 (Chinese poetry). He has participated in the annual international Chinese Calligraphy exhibitions since his university days and is currently an honorary councillor of the Singapore Calligraphy Society. On the literature front, besides publishing his first poetry collection ‘The Story of You and Me’ in 2012, his poems and short stories have been featured in both English and Chinese anthologies, local and overseas Chinese press, as well as in printed and online literary journals. He has also been featured in New Delhi Book Fair, Singapore Writers’ Festival and London Book Fair. Chow is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Zhou Hao

Zhou Hao began poetry writing when he was in secondary school back in 2007, he clinched numerous awards in competitions such as Singapore Tertiary Chinese Literature Award, National Poetry Competition, Golden Point Award. Most of his poems are published locally and in Malaysia, on newspapers and literary journals. In 2014, he published a poetry anthology with fellow poets from National Taiwan University’s Poetry Society. Zhou Hao is currently a Master’s student at NTU school of Humanities, researching on modern Chinese literature and culture.

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