7:00 PM19:00

Singapore Writers Festival: The Fruits of Mentorship

With Cyril Wong, Tania de Rozario and Robert Yeo

The mentorship of young wordsmiths by more established writers is a feature of the Singapore literary scene, thanks to schemes such as the Gifted Education Programme’s Creative Arts Programme, which celebrates 22 years this year, and the National Arts Council’s Mentor Access Project, which is marking its 17th. This panel brings together writers who will discuss their first-hand experiences of the intricate mentor-mentee relationship, and examine how such mentorships have influenced the literary scene here.

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1:00 PM13:00

Singapore Writers Festival: Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics I

How do writers look at the history and architecture of a building, and render it in poetry and fiction? Commissioned by the National Arts Council, the anthology Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics features 12 Singapore authors, who penned ekphrastic pieces inspired by the Supreme Court wing of National Gallery Singapore. Led by editor Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, this special reading tour on the first weekend of the Festival features works by six writers.

Please register at by 6pm on 3 November. The tour is limited to 30 participants, on a first-come-first-served basis.


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8:00 PM20:00

Singapore Writers Festival: Being Both a Critic and a Creative Writer

With Gemino Abad and Philip Holden

Criticism and creative writing have a symbiotic relationship: each field is essential to the other in its development, and critics and creative writers usually have fruitful, if sometimes fraught, exchanges. These three panellists lead dual lives as both critics and writing practitioners; join them as they talk about the pros and the pitfalls of writing on both sides

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