SBC X SWF

Join SBC at Singapore Writers Festival as we present over 20 programmes that will run from 1-10th November  2019!

Celebrating its 22nd edition this year, the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is regarded as one of Asia’s premier literary events.  This year, SBC has partnered with the festival to present over 20 programmes that cover Translation, Youth Fringe, SWF Classroom and Industry related topics. SBC has closely worked with the SWF Youth Curators to conceptualise the Youth Fringe programmes this year.

Over the years, SWF has become an exciting meeting point of writers and thinkers in a choice spread of lectures, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses and performances across the 10 days. 

For more information about the programmes, do view below.

SBC X SWF
Date/Time/Venue Programme Speaker(s) Moderator(s)

Date: 2 Nov 2019 (Sat)

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Venue: The Arts House, Blue Room

 

Translation Circle: Live

Translation Circle: Live! is back to put our festival translators to the test. Four translators who work in different languages and genres take on the same piece of text live and demonstrate the gamut of challenges that they face when crossing language and socio-cultural barriers.

This session is co-presented with Tender Leaves Translation and Singapore Book Council.
 

This is a ticketed event

Eric Tinsay Valles

Chow Teck Seng

Hing Jia Wen

Sithuraj Ponraj

Shelly Bryant

Date: 2 Nov 2019 (Sat)

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Play Den

SWF Translation Roundtable

The SWF Roundtable series connects our festival audiences with writers and translators in an informal setting to examine a variety of issues surrounding craft, process and all the things about translation, which can both energise and infuriate. Bring your burning questions here!

This session is co-presented with Tender Leaves Translation and Singapore Book Council.

Babak Tabarraee

Pauline Fan

Lian Hai Guang

Shelly Bryant

 

Linda Johnson

Date: 2 Nov 2019 (Sat)

Time: 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Screening Room

How to Get Published

You’ve drafted your manuscript – what’s next? Publishers weigh in on the realities of publishing literary works in Asia, offering advice on selling your works while protecting one’s intellectual property, and more.

This session is co-presented with Tender Leaves Translation and Singapore Book Council.
 

Jo Lusby

Mindy Pang

Chong Lingying

William Phuan

Date: 3 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Blue Room

In Celebration of Fanfiction

Fanfiction has spurred the growth of countless fictional universes and has given space for many Young Adult authors to develop their craft. Join the authors as they share some of their favourite fanfiction and examine why this genre still needs to defend itself as a legitimate form of writing to a larger audience.

This session is conceptualised by SWF Youth Curators and co-presented with Singapore Book Council. 
 

Irie Aman 

Anittha Thanabalan

Joyce Chua

Suffian Hakim

Date: 3 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Chamber

What is Content Creation?

How do content creators reach youth who increasingly turn to Instagram, YouTube and other social media platforms for entertainment? From experimental video content to visual magazines, find out more about this world and its strategies from three speakers who will share insights and discuss writing and developing narratives for new media.

This session is conceptualised by SWF Youth Curators and co-presented with Singapore Book Council.
 

Johnathan Chua

Ng Kai Yuan

Tan Hui Er

Annette Lee

Date: 3 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum, Discovery Room

Songwriting 101

Having played with various bands, Tim De Cotta is accustomed to playing with musical diversity and pushing the boundaries in writing and production. Join him as he shares practical tips and guides aspiring songwriters in creating rhythm, melody and lyrics for songs of their own.

This session is conceptualised by SWF Youth Curators and co-presented with Singapore Book Council.
 

This is a ticketed event.

Tim De Cotta No moderator. This is a workshop. 

Date: 3 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Screening Room

Can the truth be translated?

Has the translator’s role changed with the rise of fake news? Three translators consider the ethics of their profession as the art of discerning what’s true continues to be a growing challenge.

This session is co-presented with Tender Leaves Translation and Singapore Book Council.
 

Babak Tabarraee

Lian Hai Guang

Shelly Bryant

Linda Johnson

Date: 3 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Living Room

The Art of Zine-Making

Get a sneak peek at Singapore’s growing zine scene with the creators behind independent publications that offer a different perspective on arts and culture, while addressing timely issues such as identity and equality. Listen as they share their experience with zine-making and address burning questions from aspiring zine-makers and curious folks in an extended Q&A.

This session is conceptualised by SWF Youth Curators and co-presented with Singapore Book Council.
 

Irie Aman

Eve Yeo

Tan Dee May 

Racy  Lim 

Date: 3 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Blue Room

Memetics 101- The Study of Memes

Gen Zs use memes all day, every day across various social media platforms. So what makes a great meme? Why do they go viral? Three speakers discuss some of their favourite memes and examine the evolution of these visual expressions that have become a key lingual element for this new generation.

This session is conceptualised by SWF Youth Curators and co-presented with Singapore Book Council. 

Melvin Tan 

YEOLO

Annette Lee

Yeo Tze Hern (YEOLO)

Date: 3 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Screening Room

Publishing Beyond Print

As more readers choose electronic platforms such as e-books and apps over physical books, how should writers and publishers respond and adapt? Three panellists recommend resources and share their experiences in developing works for a digital age.

This session is co-presented with Tender Leaves Translation and Singapore Book Council.
 

Jo Lusby

Don Bosco

Colin Goh

Ng Kah Gay

Date: 3 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 8:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Screening Room

K-Drama and Poetry

Does literature have a space in mainstream media? Media and pop culture academic Liew Kai Khiun examines how popular South Korean dramas consciously pepper their narratives with literary works, such as poetry, and weighs in on how Singapore could mirror these efforts to bring a relatively esoteric art form to wider audiences.

This session is conceptualised by SWF Youth Curators and co-presented with Singapore Book Council.
 

Liew Kai Khiun No moderator. This is a mini-lecture.

Date: 4 Nov 2019 (Mon)

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Living Room

Decolonising Alter Egos

Singapore’s bicentennial commemoration has led to a public discussion on the manner in which British colonisers constructed Southeast Asian natives as their Other, in colonial discourse and narrative. One way in which the Other has been expressed in literature is through the motif of ‘the double,’ which spans stories about the evil twin, the corrupt clone, the depraved doppelganger, and the nefarious nemesis. This reading workshop aims to demystify and decolonise the process of Othering in prose by engaging with works from the non-West.

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Nazry Bahrawi

Michelle Chiang

No moderator. This is a workshop. 

Date: 5 Nov 2019 (Tue)

Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Play Den

Spoke & Bird #27: Natalie Wang and Joses Ho

SWF is happy to host the November edition of Spoke & Bird, the ever popular monthly poetry open mic that welcomes new and seasoned writers to showcase their works. In this edition, enjoy poems by Natalie Wang and Joses Ho.

Interested in joining the poets on stage? Contact Spoke & Bird Poetry on Facebook or email [email protected]

This session is conceptualised with SWF Youth Curators and co-presented with Singapore Book Council and Spoke & Bird.

Joses Ho

Natalie Wang

Stephanie Dogfoot

Date: 7 Nov 2019 (Thurs)

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Living Room

Folktales of Unhappily Ever After

While culturally specific, folktales express shared human anxieties and desires like abandonment, class mobility, or reunion, across geographical contexts. Certain tales find themselves recurring across cultures with variations in cultural nuances. For example, one theory goes that every culture has its own Cinderella story. This workshop explores the folktale’s cultural importance, its features, universal themes, and anxieties or desires. Participants are encouraged to share folktales from their own cultures.

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Diana Rahim

Nazry Bahrawi

 

Date: 8 Nov 2019 (Fri)

Time: 9:00 PM- 10:00 PM

Venue: The Arts House, SWF POP Stage

Tim De Cotta & The Warriors: Performance

Tim De Cotta is a vocalist, bassist, songwriter and producer who believes in keeping his art pure. Styled in R&B and hip hop, his songs range from highlighting the state of the world to insomnia, love and death. 

This session is conceptualised by SWF Youth Curators and co-presented with Singapore Book Council.
 

Tim De Cotta  

Date: 9 Nov 2019 (Sat)

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Venue: National Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

The Sun is Also a Star

"Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true"?  Natasha Kingsley, a young quantum physics student meets charming would-be medical student, Daniel Bae. Sparks fly between two strangers but will fate be enough to keep them together as Natasha’s family faces deportation? Based on the bestselling Young Adult novel of the same name, the film screening will be followed by a dialogue with the book’s author, Nicola Yoon.

This session is made possible with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy.

Description: dir. Ry Russon-Young
US | 2019 | 100 minutes
Rating PG13
 

This is a ticketed event.

Nicola Yoon Felicia Low-Jimenez

Date: 9 Nov 2019 (Sat)

Time: 8:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Screening Room

Immersive Storytelling through Games

With narrative based video games needing to not only tell a cohesive story, but to keep in mind a player’s ability to interact with the world, how do video game writers stay mindful of the level of immersion players require? This lecture and Q&A will address the differences in the way video games present their stories and themes compared to other forms of storytelling, and how the story can be told through gameplay elements. This session is for aspiring game story writers.

This session is conceptualised by SWF Youth Curators and co-presented with Singapore Book Council. 
 

Adan Jimenez  

Date: 10 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Venue: National Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studio 3

Breaking Silence and Finding Your Voice

If you’re a young writer with something to say, don’t miss this chance to work with Jacob Sam-La Rose, renowned poet, performer, and educator whose mentorship has kicked off many a poetic career. Develop your style in writing and in performing poetry in this interactive workshop.

This session is conceptualised by SWF Youth Curators and co-presented with Singapore Book Council and is recommended for ages 13 to 18.
 

Jacob Sam-La Rose  

Date: 10 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Living Room

Lost Asian Classics

What are some Asian classics that should be translated for a wider audience? Panellists will share excerpts from selected stories that have become obscured from public imagination and examine the challenges in making them more accessible.

This session is co-presented with Singapore Book Council.
 

Nazry Bahrawi  

Date: 10 Nov 2019 (Sun)

Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Venue: The Arts House, Play Den

YA Fiction Roundtable

The SWF Roundtable series connects our festival audiences with writers in an informal setting to examine a variety of issues surrounding craft, process, and all the things about writing that can energise and infuriate. Bring your burning questions here.

This session is co-presented with Singapore Book Council and is made possible with the assistance of the Embassy of France.
 

David Yoon

Victor Dixen

Ning Cai

Joyce Chua

Khoo Sim Eng