Calendar: Upcoming 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. The Singapore Book Council Academy, our training arm, has a comprehensive website for the workshops.

The calendar also lists local literary events that are not organised by us. Know of an event that should be listed here? Let us know!

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24
Oct
by SBC

4 October – 11 November 2018

Thu
10:00am – 8:00pm
SCCC Resource Centre, Level 6

KWAN SHAN MEI: DRAWING FROM THE HEART EXHIBITION

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.

Training by SBC Academy

27 October 2018

Sat
9:30am – 12:30pm

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

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Academy by SBC

4 November 2018

Sun
2:00pm – 4:30pm
National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew's Road Rooftop, Studio 1, Singapore 178957

Editing for the Mainland Chinese Market (适合中国市场的编辑)

《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.

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Training by SBC Academy

4 November 2018

Sun
2:00pm – 4:30pm

Editing for the Mainland Chinese Market (适合中国市场的编辑)

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.

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by SBC

4 November 2018

Sun
4:30pm – 6:00pm
The Arts House, Play Den

[Panel Discussion] SingLit, SEALit, WorldLit

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

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by SBC

9 November 2018

Fri
7:00pm – 8:00pm
The Arts House (TAH), Gallery ll

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.

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by SBC

10 November 2018

Sat
2:00pm – 4:00pm
National Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studios

Monsters of the Muslim World

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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by SBC

10 November 2018

Sat
7:00pm – 8:00pm
The Arts House (TAH), Blue Room

SingLit 50: Charting Singapore’s Literary History through the Book Council’s Journal

The Singapore Book Council (formerly known as the National Book Development Council of Singapore) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. It has documented the progress of Singapore’s literary scene via its publications such as Singapore Book World and Singapore Books in Print since 1970. Find out more about how the scene has changed and the Book Council’s milestones in this panel. 

This session is co-presented with the Singapore Book Council.

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Academy by SBC

11 November 2018

Sun
10:00am – 12:30pm
National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew's Road Rooftop, Studio 1, Singapore 178957

Editing for the International English Market

At this workshop, Anya Goncharova, from Penguin Random House North Asia, will share insights into what international editors are looking for in your work, and what it takes to catch the eye of an international publisher. She will give an overview of the editorial process, taking participants through the stages of acquisitions, content edits, line edits, and final proofs, showing how each phase in the work is managed by top international publishing houses. Based on her own experience in the publishing industry, 
Anya will share tips on recent trends, as well as dos and don’ts for writers who hope to break into the international English language market. Participants will be given the opportunity to share their work, and to offer peer edits on the works of other writers during the course of the workshop. We invite participants to bring a work of prose (fiction and non-fiction are both welcome) of no more than 1,500 words with which they can gain some hands-on experience during the workshop.

This workshop is for beginning, emerging, and established writers working in the English language who hope to break into the international market.

Co-presented by Tender Leaves Language and Translation and Singapore Book Council

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Training by SBC Academy

11 November 2018

Sun
10:00am – 12:30pm

Anya Goncharova, from Penguin Random House North Asia, will take participants through the stages of acquisitions, content edits, line edits, and final proofs, showing how each phase in the work is managed.

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by SBC

11 November 2018

Sun
2:00pm – 4:00pm
National Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studio 1

[Classroom Series] Domestic Revolutions: Food And Identity Politics in Women’s Writing

Food was inextricably linked to traditional ideas of femininity and patriarchal practices of gender oppression. While the nursing woman was celebrated as the loving maternal figure, the consuming woman was seen as a transgressive actor, who had crossed social boundaries in becoming a desiring subject. This reading workshop will explore how food figures today in post-colonial women’s literary texts in the construction of modern female ethnic and trans/national identities. Selections from women’s texts from Singapore, Australia, Pakistan and the Caribbean will be read. 

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Academy by SBC

12 November 2018

Mon
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Singapore Book Council Training Room

Crafting for Comics with Lewis Trondheim

In this hands on workshop, Lewis Trondheim will share his experiences as a comics author focusing on how he crafts his stories as well as how he enhances the work through collaborations with other artists.

Lewis Trandheim's participation is made possible by Singapore Writers Festival.

SWF Festival Pass holders enjoy a 10% discount. Simply key in the promo code SWFPass when purchasing your ticket on Eventbrite.

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Training by SBC Academy

12 November 2018

Mon
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Craft stories through comics

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