Singapore Writers Festival 2009: Four Languages One Voice - Connecting Singapore Literature


Singapore Writers’ Festival 2009



Four Languages One Voice:



Connecting Singapore Literature


Date : 6 December 2008, Saturday


Time : 9am – 2pm


Venue : Chamber@The Arts House


What are the roles of literary organisations? What challenges do they face in growing their audiences? How do they connect and reach out to different communities? For the first time, literary associations and writers representing the four official languages will come under one roof to network, discuss and learn more about the developments in the different language groups.


The inaugural Four Languages One Voice: Connecting Singapore Literature forum,opened by Lee Suan Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of National Arts Council (NAC),encourages and promotes understanding, communication and dialogue on Singapore literature through sharing of ideas and information on the history, development and current trends in the Singapore literary scene. The forum will feature well known names from the literary community in two panel discussions on the roles of literary organisations in Singapore and finding the Singapore identity in literature.


Says Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NAC and Director for Literary Arts, Khor Kok Wah, “Singapore literature is diverse. Much needs to be done to draw connections and cross languages - among literary societies, writers, and between readers and writers in all languages. This forum is for the literary arts community - writers, readers, publishers, translators - to better understand current trends and issues facing other language groups and to share experiences. How do we connect each Singaporean to Singapore literature expressed in languages other than his or her own?”


The line-up of speakers for the forum includes Young Artist Award recipients Alvin Pang and Ting Kheng Siong, pioneers in the literary scene, Naa. Aandeappan, Lin Zi, and Yazid bin Hussein, and leading academic experts in Singapore literature, Dr Kirpal Singh, Dr Chua Chee Lay, Dr Hadijah Rahmat and Dr Seetha Lakshmi.


The forum is co-organised by NAC and The Arts House, as a lead up event to the Singapore Writers Festival 2009.


Free admission for the public on a first-come-first-served basis. Please for reservations.


Please refer to Annex for programme line-up and speaker profiles.