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Book Bites: SWF 2011 Itinerary

Book BitseI FINALLY GOT MY TICKETS TO THIS YEAR’S SINGAPORE WRITERS’ FESTIVAL!

Okay, excitement aside, there are a few programmes which I’m rather psyched up to go. The Singapore Writers’ Festival this year is held over a few venues – SMU, SAM, The National Museum of Singapore and SOTA. So here are a few programmes I would be heading to:

21 October (Friday)

The Opening Ceremony – Need I say more about this? Sarah Coldheart and I will be heading down. Which means the name cards must get stocked soon!

22 October (Saturday)

A bulk of the events I’ll be heading to will be on the Saturdays. 22nd will be the first Saturday and probably one of the more exciting ones:

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Not the Flower Drum Song: Female Asian Writers in the West – The feminist in me calls me to go for this discussion. As clearly stated in the title itself, it’ll be interesting to see the views of Female Asian Writers and the stuff they go through in the West. (I sound like we’re living in the 16th Century)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Ceriph Issue 4 launch – YAY!!!!! Thanks again to Wei Fen, Amanda and Winnie (the wonderful editors of CERIPH), I’ll be here to witness the launch for Issue #4, which has one of my poems in it =)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: True Artists Don’t Need State Funding – A bit of a sidetrack here: And now, I scream. ARGH!!!!! It clashes with the CERIPH launch and it’ll have Dr Gwee Li Sui in it! Anyone going for this? I’ll be hunting for post-event posts on this!

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Drawing Out Reluctant Readers – Very relevant in today’s context, especially in a small country like Singapore. We MUST market overseas for our writers to pay bills and eat, but how do we get our locals to read?

29 October (Saturday)

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM: WriteCamp 2011 – Something like BarCamp but for Writers. Joyce is going to be presenting here!

6:30 PM onwards: NaNoWriMo Singapore Kick-Off! – This is not a Singapore Writers’ Festival programme, but our National Novel Writing Month Singapore Chapter will be having its Kick-Off on the 29th at the National Library Building! Come join in the fun as we kick off a month of writing 50,000 words!

30 October (Sunday)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Liaisons Between Law and Literature – A lot of us have been pondering on this for a while, “Why are so many legal professionals here doing writing as well?” Let’s see, there’s Wena Poon and Philip Jeyaretnam just to name a few. So I’m quite psyched about this one!

Thus ends my post and thus begins my planning! If you would like to find out more about the Festival, click here.

Note: Some of these programmes are paid programmes, meaning that you’ll have to get your Festival Pass (from SISTIC) before they allow entry. Make sure you get your tickets if they need it!

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