HABA & SABA Winner 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA) AND Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) WINNERS! 

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#BuySingLit 2019 Open Call


(EXTENDED TILL 21 SEP) Spread the love of SingLit!

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Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC)

Asian Festival of Children's Content

Thank you for making the Asian Festival of Children's Content 2018 a huge success! Our three-day festival hosted more than 350 delegates from Singapore and around the world, & welcomed close to 5,000 members of the general public.

Photos: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Singapore Book Council Academy

Singapore Book Council Academy

The Academy offers quality training in skills upgrading for the publishing and literary arts sector.

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Training Room For Hire

To book our Training Room, please download the Training Room Booking Form and email the completed form to [email protected].

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The Book Council Bulletin

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The Singapore Book Council (1968-2018)

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.

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Singapore Literature Prize 2018

A huge Congratulations to the Singapore Literature Prize 2018 Award Winners!

Check out the winners for this year here.

Winners List   Photos from Award Ceremony

[Calendar]Upcoming Events
by SBC
Oct 4 – Nov 11 , 10:00am – 8:00pm

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Singapore Book Council, the Asian Festival of Children’s Content celebrates the life and work of the late children’s books illustration pioneer, Kwan Shan Mei 关山美 (1922-2012). The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre is delighted to host an exhibition to showcase a selection of her books and drawings provided by her family. Kwan Shan Mei came to Singapore in 1963 to be the Chief Artist for Far Eastern Publishers and later on, she joined the Educational Publications Bureau. She made her name illustrating the 24 readers published under the Primary Pilot Project (1971—73) by Ministry of Education.

Tarian Pena: Mencoret Luahan Hati (The Dancing Pen: Scribbling the Voices from Within)
Training by SBC Academy
Oct 27 (Sat), 9:30am – 12:30pm

This workshop will be conducted in Malay language and suitable for secondary school students.

Editing for the Mainland Chinese Market (适合中国市场的编辑)
Academy by SBC
Nov 4 (Sun), 2:00pm – 4:30pm

《外国文艺》的执行主编李玉瑶女士将以中国最大的综合性专业翻译出版社上海译文出版社的引进出版现状为例,探讨如何吸引中国出版界的关注。她将从最初的选题策划开始,对约稿、编辑、校对等出版流程进行详细解说,让大家得以窥见中国大陆传统出版的操作现状。同时,她还将对中英文转换过程中的文字规范问题给工作坊的参与者提出建议,使之更符合中国读者的阅读习惯。 Li Yuyao, Executive Editor of Foreign Literature and Arts, will guide participants through an overview of the current situation in publishing at Shanghai Translation Publishing House, China's largest comprehensive professional translation publishing house, exploring how Singaporean writers might break into the Chinese publishing industry. Beginning from the initial selection of topics, Li Yuyao will lead an in-depth discussion of the publication process, editing, proofreading, and other publishing processes, allowing participants to gain insight into the current status of traditional publishing in Mainland China. She will also offer suggestions regarding the textual norms in the process of English-to-Chinese translation and how to better align the translated texts with the reading habits of Chinese readers.

Editing for the Mainland Chinese Market (适合中国市场的编辑)
Training by SBC Academy
Nov 4 (Sun), 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Li Yuyao, Executive Editor of Foreign Literature and Arts, will offer suggestions regarding the textual norms of English-to-Chinese translation and how to better align the translated texts with the reading habits of Chinese readers.

[Panel Discussion] SingLit, SEALit, WorldLit
by SBC
Nov 4 (Sun), 4:30pm – 6:00pm

The books that we read situate us. The idea of a national literature foregrounds the nation. In today’s hyper-connected world, is our imagination limited by this label? Would it be more viable to embrace literary frames that situate the nation within its region, such as Southeast Asia, or even the world at large? This panel of literary critics, educators and writers will discuss the borders of our literary world, and speculate on new modes of relating to others.  This session is supported by the Singapore Book Council. Featuring: Minh Bui Jones, Jun Pow Kai, Maria Galina Moderator: Nazry Bahrawi

[Book Launch] Singapore Literature Prize: Celebrating Our Writers
by SBC
Nov 9 (Fri), 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Featuring: Singapore Book Council For the first time ever, extracts from past SLP winning works from 1992-2018 are compiled together in this collection, showcasing the best of Singaporean writing across 4 languages and 3 genres in the history of the Singapore Literature Prize.  Learn more about the writers that have won this prestigious award and rediscover our literary heritage in this first-of-a-kind compilation.

Monsters of the Muslim World
by SBC
Nov 10 (Sat), 2:00pm – 4:00pm

From Frankenstein’s creature to the pontianak, monsters are eternal tropes in literature and folk narratives across cultures. The diversity of literary monsters is only rivalled by the multitude of functions they serve – to scare us, to invite sympathy and to test the limits of the human imagination. This reading workshop explores the multifarious meanings behind the contemporary monsters as imagined by authors hailing from Muslim cultures – a productive venture considering how Islamophobia in today’s context has sometimes led to Muslims themselves being imagined as grotesque or monstrous.

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