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THE BOOK COUNCIL
1968 – 2018
We celebrate 50 years of promoting Singapore literature! The Book Council is a charity focused on Building Our Imagine-nation to develop creativity, imagination and original thought by supporting the creation of local stories through writing, reading, illustrating & storytelling.
Discover the history of the Singapore Literature Prize. From its inaugural edition in 1992, the Singapore Literature Prize has been awarded to over 60 writers across three genres – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction – in four languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. The prize has also launched the careers of many writers in its 26-year history. Come and celebrate Singapore’s literary legacy through the writers and their works in this exhibition on the history of Singapore’s most prestigious literary prize.Details
Memories of Kwan Shan Mei Speakers: Lee Yeow Heng, Edwin Ng, Lim Geok Leng, Wendy Toh Moderator: Oscar Ng Hwee Leng Kwan Shan Mei lived and worked in Singapore from 1963 to 1999, creating many classics such as the Moongate series, the Adventures of Mooty the Mouseand Animal Frolics. But her readers did not know much about her as she was a very private person. Join us for an intimate afternoon of sharing by friends and ex-colleagues as they reminisce about the consummate illustrator. This session is presented in conjunction with the Kwan Shan Mei: Drawing From The Heart exhibition, as part of the 9th edition of the Asian Festival of Children's Content. Website
Children Magazines and Stories in Singapore Speakers: Edgar Liao, Li Zhiping Kwan Shan Mei was a pioneer in illustrating children stories in books, magazines and textbooks in Singapore. However, she did not work in a vacuum. From the 1950s to the 1980s, the publications for children and youth were very varied - from the UK weeklies of Beano, Dandy and Look and Learn to the Chinese periodicals such as World Children and Children's Paradise and the youth magazines like The Young Malayans and Youth Monthly, these reading materials aimed to shape the hearts and minds of the young of a new nation. This panel will explore the rich reading culture of that period. This session is presented in conjunction with the Kwan Shan Mei: Drawing From The Heart exhibition, as part of the 9th edition of the Asian Festival of Children's Content. Website