Calendar: Past Events

The Book Council organises festivals, workshops and events related to writing, publishing, storytelling, reading and many more. To stay updated, join us on our various platforms. ALAP, our training arm, has a comprehensive website for the workshops.

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Feb 25, 2017

Sat
5-6.30pm

That Spare Room @ The Fabulous Baker Boy
Twilight Tales #9 Desmond Kon

Twilight Tales #9 Desmond Kon

We kickstarted the first session of Twilight Tales this year with Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, author of an epistolary novel, two hybrid works, and seven poetry collections! A former journalist, he has edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audio books. Among several other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, Poetry World Cup,  and the Singapore Literature Prize. He also helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor. 

Held on 25 February, the session was moderated by poet and critic Daryl Lim Wei Jie, and organised as part of the inaugural #BuySingLit movement. 

That evening, the audience was treated to an intellectually stimulating session where Desmond and Daryl spoke about their educational backgrounds and the influences in their writing. Desmond also touched on his foray into prose and poetry, and shared anecdotal stories behind several of his works. 

A big shout-out to The Fabulous Baker Boy for hosting the event at their lovely space. 

Nov 26, 2016

Sat
5-6.30pm

That Spare Room @ The Fabulous Baker Boy
Twilight Tales #8 Pooja Nansi

Twilight Tales #8 Pooja Nansi

On 26 November, Pooja Nansi, author of two collections of poetry, and recipient of the Young Artist Award, shared with us inspirations behind some of her literary works, including those from Love is an Empty Barstool

Award-winning poet Cyril Wong (our previously featured Twilight Tales poet!) also joined us at the session. Together, the two candidly spoke about a range of topics including love, race, relationships, performance, poetry, and everything in between. 

Read more about this session in our NBDCS blog here

Aug 6, 2016

Sat
6-7.30pm

Salon du Sens
Twilight Tales #7 Cyril Wong

Twilight Tales #7 Cyril Wong

More than 50 people turned up for the latest session of Twilight Tales, featuring Cyril Wong!

Cyril is the award-winning author of several poetry collections such as The Lover's Inventory, Unmarked TreasureTilting Our Plates to Catch the LightThe Dictator's Eyebrow, and After You. He has also published Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me and Other Stories and a novel, The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza

During Twilight Tales, Cyril spoke about the ins and outs of writing, and also shared his thoughts on his latest poetry collection, The Lover's Inventory, which won the Singapore Literature Prize 2016  in the Poetry category.

This session was moderated by Christine Chia, author of The Law of Second Marriages and Separation: a history. 

Apr 23, 2016

Sat
6pm - 7.30pm

The Music Salon
Twilight Tales #6 O Thiam Chin

Twilight Tales #6 O Thiam Chin

This time, our featured author was O Thiam Chin

Thiam Chin is the author of five story collections and winner of the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. He was also shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize for Fiction, and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award three times – in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

During Twilight Tales, Thiam Chin shared his thoughts on the creative writing processes behind his works, in particular, Love, or Something Like Love, and The Rest of Your Life. Guests were also treated to a spontaenous reading  of a short story by the author himself! 

This session was moderated by Noelle Q. de Jesus, author of Blood (Collected Stories).
A big thank-you to the good folks at The Music Salon for hosting this session at their wonderful space at Niven Road!

Jan 30, 2016

Sat
6-7.30pm

Aesop @ Club Street
Twilight Tales #5 - Dave Chua

Twilight Tales #5 - Dave Chua

On 30 January, 40 guests turned up for Twilight Tales! 

This first session of 2016 featured guest writer Dave Chua, author of published works like Gone Case, which was awarded a Singapore Literature Prize Commendation in 1996 and adapted into a two-volume graphic novel series and a telemovie. His other titles include The Beating and Other Stories, which was longlisted for the 2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story prize, as well as The Girl Under the Bed, a young-adult graphic novel set during the Hungry Ghost Month.

At Twilight Tales, he talked about the creative processes behind his stories, and shared wise words to aspiring writers in the audience. 

Our gratitude to Mr Fong Hoe Fang, Founder of Ethos Books, for moderating this session. 

Special thanks also to Aēsop, for hosting Twilight Tales at their cosy space at Club Street.

View all photos here!

Oct 10, 2015

Sat
6.30pm-9pm

Private Residence
Twilight Tales #4 - Felix Cheong

Twilight Tales #4 - Felix Cheong

Twilight Tales is a literary gathering and meet-the-author session organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. This time, the guest writer is Singapore author and poet Felix Cheong, recipient of the National Arts Council (NAC) Young Artist Award for Literature in 2000!

Felix has written ten books, including four volumes of poetry and two young adult novels. His third poetry collection, Broken by the Rain, was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and his collection of short stories, Vanishing Point, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award in 2013.

At Twilight Tales, Felix  shared his thoughts on the creative writing process, and also touched on his latest satirical flash fiction Singapore Siu Dai and Singapore Siu Dai 2. The audience were also treated to his spontaneous and lively readings of his works.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and also to Ken Hickson, who was the host and moderator for the evening!

View all photos here.

Jul 11, 2015

Sat
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Private Residence
Twilight Tales #3 - Josephine Chia

Twilight Tales #3 - Josephine Chia

This time, the guest writer is Peranakan author Josephine Chia, recipient of the Singapore Literature Prize in 2014 for her non-fiction book, Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong, Life In Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965.

At Twilight Tales, Josephine spoke about her award-winning title Kampong Spirit, as well as her memoir, Frog Under A Coconut Shell (which has been translated into Bahasa Indonesia). Approximately 40 people attended the session, where Josephine shared anecdotes from her past, and also thoughts on writing both fiction and non-fiction. Guests were eager to ask her questions, and even experienced singing aloud a pantun (a Malay poetic form)! The moderator for the sesssion was Tara Dhar Hasnain.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and also to Monica Li, author of The Dragon Phoenix Bracelet, for being such a lovely and gracious host. Don't miss our next session of Twilight Tales in October! 

View all photos here.

Apr 11, 2015

Sat
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Private Residence
Twilight Tales #2 – Suchen Christine Lim

Twilight Tales #2 – Suchen Christine Lim

On 11 April 2015, approximately 50 guests signed up for Twilight Tales.

The second session featured guest writer Suchen Christine Lim, recipient of the S.E.A Write Award in 2012. Her novel, Fistful of Colours, was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize in 1992. She is also the author of The River’s Song, which is an exploration of identity, love and loss set against the social upheaval created by the rise of Singapore. During Twilight Tales, she gave an animated reading of her works, and guests, who included writers/authors, reading enthusiasts and members of the public, were invited to ask her questions.

Jane Wong, an Assistant Professor in the Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, helped to moderate the session.

Check out all the photos here!

Apr 29, 2017

Sat
9.30am - 12.30pm

Telling stories to teenagers

Learn to tell stories to teenagers for them to manage matters involving fear, kindness, empathy, self-acceptance and open-mindedness in their lives.

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Apr 1, 2017

Sat
7-8.30pm

That Spare Room @ The Fabulous Baker Boy
Twilight Tales #10 Joshua Ip

Twilight Tales #10 Joshua Ip

Join us at Twilight Tales and meet Singaporean poet Joshua Ip!

Joshua is the author of three volumes of poetry: Sonnets from the Singlish Upsized Edition (2015), Making Love with Scrabble Tiles (2013), and Sonnets from the Singlish (2012). He has also co-edited three poetry anthologies: A Luxury We Cannot Afford (2014), SingPoWriMo 2014: The Anthology (2014), and SingPoWriMo 2015: The Anthology (2015).

This session will be moderated by Jennifer Anne Champion.

Date: 1 April 2017 (Sat)
Time: 7-8.30pm
Venue: That Spare Room @ The Fabulous Baker Boy

Admission is FREE but registration is required. Limited seats available.
To register, e-mail [email protected] by 31 March 2017.

Mar 25 – 26, 2017

Sat – Sun
9.30am - 5.30pm

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…exploring the world of creative non-fiction

Writers! Bring imagination and creativity to telling the truth through your literary non-fiction or narrative non-fiction stories.

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Mar 23 – 24, 2017

Thu – Fri
9.30am - 5.30pm

ChartNexus

For writers: Good, Clean Copy - How editing can make good writing great

Writers! Learn a wide variety of editing techniques through a range of practical assignments. Switch off your writer's brain and switch on your editor's brain!

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Mar 10 – 12, 2017

Fri – Sun

*SCAPE LEVEL 5

All In! Young Writers Festival 2017

All In! Young Writers Festival is an annual festival for aspiring writers between the ages of 13 and 25. It brings together a wide array of writing mentors and industry players in publishing, broadcasting, blogging, digital and online writing, creative writing, screenwriting, theatre and journalism, among others, to meet, mingle and share their expertise with today’s young content creators.

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Mar 4, 2017

Sat
9.30am - 12.30pm

Savvy Training Rooms

Fun with Asian Folktales

Learn how to use games, songs and activities to tell Asian folktales steeped in Asian culture and history.

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Feb 28, 2017

Tue
9am - 12pm

IP & Social Media

Learn about Intellectual Property (IP) risks and challenges that exist in social media platforms and protect your IP rights while building your brand online.

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