National Arts Council spotlights multi-lingual works and Singapore writers at the London Book Fair 2014 with a “Kopitiam” themed Singapore Pavilion


Publishers and writers share a moment at the Singapore Pavilion at the London Book Fair. Represented in this picture: Fong Hoe Fang and Chan Wai Han (Ethos Books), Zulkifli Othman and Mohamed Ariff (Darul Andalus), Edmund Wee (Epigram Books), Chow Teck Seng (Writer), Josephine Chia (Writer), Philip Tatham (Monsoon Books), Krishna Udayasankar (Writer), Phoon Kok Hwa (Candid Creation), Denon Lim (Lingzi Media), Lee Mei Lin and Janine Gamilla (Marshall Cavendish International Asia), Jayapriya Vasudevan, Andrea Pasion-Flores and Helen Mangham (Jacaranda Literary Agency), and Kenneth Quek (National Book Development Council Singapore).


Singapore, 10 April 2014 – The National Arts Council (NAC) returns to the London Book Fair this year with Singapore writers and publishers representing works in Singapore’s official languages – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. The 2014 Singapore Pavilion takes on the theme of “Kopitiam”, to showcase a slice of our multi-cultural heritage and multi-lingual writing with established authors such as Josephine Chia, Krishna Udayasankar, as well as Cultural Medallion recipient, Isa Kamari. The full list of Singapore delegates is included in Annex A.


 2          An annual event, the London Book Fair is held from 8 - 10 April 2014 at Earl’s Court in London. One of the most important book fairs in Europe, the Fair is a global marketplace for rights negotiations and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, television, film and digital channels. The event typically attracts more than 25,000 attendees across 133 countries over three days. The Singapore delegation hopes to raise the international visibility of our local writers and their works, as well as cultivate closer ties with international publishers through a series of trade events and seminars at the fair.


 Public Programme Highlights


3          The Singapore events featured at the 2014 London Book Fair include:


 (i)    Little Lit!: Children’s Publishing in Singapore


Tuesday, 8 April, 2:30pm - 3:30 pm


Singapore! More than math and science, there is a bustling publishing scene for original literary content. Rich in Asian flavours and textures, these books tell unique tales with universal appeal. Leading Singapore publishers will share their insights on children’s publishing in Singapore.


(ii)   Singapore Networking Night


Tuesday, 8 April, 5:30pm – 7:00pm


Meet and network with Singapore writers, publishers and representatives from the National Arts Council at the Singapore Pavilion.


 (iii)  In Living Memory


Wednesday, 9 April, 7.00pm – 8.30pm


Just why do so many writers look to Singapore’s history for inspiration? Is there any danger in romanticising the past, or are there valuable lessons to be learned? Hear Isa Kamari, Josephine Chia and Krishna Udayasankar’s thoughts on why the past is a rich resource to mine for present-day literature.


(iv) Loose Muse


Wednesday, 9 April, 8.00pm


Get up close with talented young Singapore writers, Stephanie Ye and Sharlene Teo, for an intimate night of readings and Q&A at London’s premier women’s writers’ night at The Poetry Café. There will be an open mic after the event.


 (v)  Tug-O-War: The Bittersweet Literary State


Thursday, 10 April, 7.00pm – 8.30pm


Often, mirth and misery are woven into literature, forming a delicate tension between the lines. Speakers are invited to share personal experiences that have birthed intense highs and lows, and how this has influenced their writing. From these, which do they choose to retain, which do they choose to forgo?