Singapore Writers Festival 2011 launches inaugural school programme - Words Go Round breathes new life into Singapore literature


Words Go Round breathes new life into Singapore literature


Singapore Writers Festival 2011 launches inaugural school programme


Dave Chua. Adeline Foo. Natalie Hennedige. Gwee Li Sui. Ho Minfong. Neil Humphreys. Kee Thuan Chye. Koh Hong Teng. Jeffrey Lim. John Lui. Kevin Mathews. Mini Monsters. Marc Nair. Miriam Nash. Pon Sundararaju. Tan Tarn How. Jean Tay. Tham Yew Chin (You Jin). Vivimarie VanderPoorten. Danny Yeo.


Schools and students will now have close-up opportunities to interact with these writers in Words Go Round from 7 March to 14 March. This is a series of accessible literary programmes specially curated for schools that aims to demystify the creative process of writing and sheds light on approaching literature from a multi-disciplinary perspective: from the written to the visual, from the spoken to the sung, from the script to the stage.


Find out the facts behind the creation of fiction. Enjoy a no holds barred session with Ho Minfong on the impulses behind her writing process in Ho Minfong and her Books. Discover how to turn a text into a graphic novel in Going, Going…Gone with writer Dave Chua and artist Koh Hong Teng. Let Gwee Li Sui offer an inside scoop on how an anthology is conceptualised and compiled in Ideas and Words behind Telltales. For aspiring young writers, there are also experimental workshops that introduce them to a wide range of word forms, including the art of writing comics, scripting plays as well as composing poetry and lyrics. 


Words Go Round

Words Go Round is a new Singapore Writers Festival 2011 initiative to bring literature closer to a new generation of budding writers and to cultivate a strong readership and interest among the young for words. Schools can choose from 36 literary programmes comprising 12 workshops, 17 talks and 7open-house events conducted by 16 Singapore writers and four international writers for their students to attend. There will also be a full-day experiential workshop for teachers to imbibe fresh teaching methods and provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas with peers and writers.


“Building a young readership for good writing is crucial to seed the next generation of readers and writers  so we are delighted to present to our schools a showcase of interesting writers from Singapore and beyond, with  specially curated or created talks and workshops. Words Go Round gathers writers from different genres including theatre and media to help students and teachers see the written word in a different light, be newly inspired by the best writers around today and better understand the creative process. We look forward to schools welcoming these writers and their valuable sharing of tips and experiences with the students,” said Paul Tan, director for Sector Development, Literary Arts and Singapore Writers Festival in the National Arts Council.


As part of the pre-festival line-up for the Singapore Writers Festival, the Words Go Round school programme also builds up buzz and anticipation for the main event. The annual Singapore Writers Festival will take place 22-30 October, when a wide array of literary talents from Singapore, the region and the world will congregate on our shore to share their passion for words. The Festival is Singapore’s only national literary festival and, to date, it remains one of the few literary festivals in Asia that is multilingual, focusing on four languages: English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.


Words & Pixels Competition

Words can be transformative, surging with lyricism, beauty, power and emotions.  We rely on them to add depths to a vivid story or a catchy song.  This inaugural competition of Words Go Roundencourages students to create cross-genre works with words to approach literature in a different light. All entries to be emailed to  by 30 April 2011.


All that students need to do is:

1.    Create a video clip (not more than 10 minutes) based on either

a)    an original piece of writing you’ve created during the Words Go Round school programme, or

b)    an excerpt of text by any of our Words Go Round featured writers


2.    Upload the video to a file-sharing website like YouTube

The best videos from two categories: Primary and Secondary/Junior College will stand to win Apple iPads and book vouchers!


All events in Words Go Round are under the National Arts Council Arts Education Programme ( and eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy.


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Annex: Full list of available Words Go Round programmes