Singapore Literature Reaches Out to New Audiences in Europe
Reaches Out to New Audiences in Europe
Fans of the written word in Europe will get to meet five Singapore writers when they embark on a literary tour to Gothenburg and London to promote Singapore literature in September. Edwin Thumboo, Catherine Lim, Isa Karmari, Wena Poon and Yong Shu Hoong will be speaking for the first time at the Gothenburg Book Fair (GBF) in Sweden, as well as the Southbank Centre for the Arts and the Free Word Centre in London, United Kingdom. The delegation is led by the National Arts Council (NAC).
Said Mr Khor Kok Wah, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Literary Arts, NAC:“Such international platforms help promote dialogue and interaction between the international audience and our own literary talent. As overseas readers get the opportunity to learn more about a literature and society that is relatively new to them, our writers will also be able to gain valuable exposure to, readers, writers and publishers in other countries.”
“As one of the largest cultural festivals in the Nordic region, the GBF not only attracts the biggest and best books and writers, but with over 400 literary events, it also fosters a conducive environment for intellectual debate and literary appreciation.” Mr Khor added.
To anchor Singapore’s presence at GBF, the Council will have a booth at the fair for the first time to promote Singapore writers and their works. Singapore literature will be spotlighted under a special series of events under the banner Voices from Singapore. Apart from sharing their works, the writers will be speaking on topics such as the complexities of the Singapore identity and its effect on literature. A number of literary publishers from Singapore will also attend the fair to explore the Scandinavian market forSingapore writing.
Similarly in London, Edwin Thumboo, Isa Karmari, Wena Poon and Yong Shu Hoong will be presenting their works and speak on Singapore literary issues. Yong, Poon and London-based Singapore writer and musician Tan Shzr Ee will also be speaking at an event at Waterstone’s Bookstore.
In addition, NAC will meet with European publishers in both cities to discuss the possibility of translating Singapore works for new audiences, and setting up an exchange programme for writers.