Programming Tracks

Watch SingLit come to life through theatre adaptations, video performances, spoken word events and more.

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Get up close and personal with SingLit: meet your favourite author or character, listen to a story being told, and enjoy lively debates and discussions on literary topics.

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Try your hand at SingLit – you might even solve a mystery or two! Become part of the story through writing workshops, craft sessions and a range of immersive games.

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Buy a work of SingLit and treasure it forever. Every purchase helps support the writers, publishers and retailers who bring these stories to us.

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Let SingLit take you places! Find the poetry and prose in the world around you via guided tours and outdoor installations.

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Programmes List

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Learning with Authors: Teacher’s Pack for Language and History

Are you an English teacher? Enhance your knowledge of SingLit, to make classroom learning more exciting. This primary school teacher's toolkit comes with teaching plans and resources, and will be sent to various primary schools.

From 8 March

Various Primary Schools

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பார்வை (Paarvai 2019)

Paarvai 2019 explores Vaigarai Pookal by Ma. Ilangkannan, a local author through the perspective of the youths, and also you, our audience. This session is in Tamil.

8 March: 3pm – 6pm; 10 March: 6pm – 9pm

National Library Building, Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre

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Books By Your Side

Instead of fashion or interior design magazines, copies of SingLit titles by Asiapac books are available at various hair salons and clinics. Time flies when you're browsing books.

8 – 17 March

Clinics, salons and other neighborhood joints in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio

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Hello SingLit! Pop-Up Book Fair

Come and celebrate SingLit with us at Hello SingLit! There’s a whole slew of SingLit books and events waiting just for everyone, young and old!

8 – 10 March, 10am – 7pm; 9 March, 11am – 12pm: Meet the Author and Illustrator of Candy and Friends; 9 March, 3pm – 4pm: Meet the Author: Neil Humphreys; 10 March, 4pm – 6pm: Sherlock Sam Party

FORUM The Shopping Mall

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What’s In A Book?

Learn more about Singapore literature through our informative gallery and grab a few bookish trinkets too!

8 – 10 March, 12pm – 5pm

The Substation

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C.L.A.P! Cerita, Lagu, Aktiviti, Perkusi

Listen to a story, learn a song and play a percussion instrument to create accompanying rhythmic beats. This programme has everything for kids and will be conducted in Malay.

8 March, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Little Arts Academy

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Poetic Forms: Experimenting with Structure

Join editor Desmond Kon, and poets Eric Valles and Yeow Kai Chai as they share their ideas on the complexities of poetic creation.

8 March, 3pm – 4pm

Central Public Library

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密室逃脱 SingLit Xcape

Participants will solve the mystery behind the hidden words in the Xcape room based on the story of the local picture book The Unspoken Words. This programme is in Mandarin.

9 March, Session 1: 9am – 10am Session 2: 10am – 11am Session 3: 11am – 12pm Session 4: 12pm – 1pm Session 5: 1pm – 2pm Session 6: 2pm – 3pm

City Book Room

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வாங்க நடிக்கலாம் (Come, Let’s Act!)

Come, Let’s Act is a 2-day workshop where Singapore Tamil literature will be brought to life through acting. This programme is in Tamil.

9 & 10 March: 10am – 4pm

National Library Building

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Dare You Dino

Authors Andy Chua (Fossil Finders series) and Amon Chua (Ryan & Rex series) share their love for dinosaurs, talk about the inspiration behind their books and more.

9 March, 11am – 12.30pm

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

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Gajah Untuk Adil (An Elephant For Adil)

Join celebrity author Rilla Melati Bahri in a fun-filled bilingual storytelling session with Singapore’s most loved Malay boy – Adil! Specially for little ones aged 4-8 years old, mummies and daddies can join in the fun through songs, games and language activities. So come and spend the day with Adil in a parent-and-child storytelling experience like no other! This is an English-Malay bilingual programme.

10 March, 11am – 12.30pm

Into The Woods

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Book Date @ The Moon

Calling all children’s authors, join the Book Date, a ground-up initiative that provides a platform for authors to network and connect with other professionals in the writing industry.

9 March, 12pm – 2pm

The Moon - Bookstore and Cafe

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新加坡绘本嘉年华 (Singapore Picture Books Carnival)

A first in Singapore, this carnival brings together Singapore’s children books authors under one roof with author talks, storytelling as well as arts and craft sessions. This programme is in Mandarin.

9 March, 1pm – 6pm

Bras Basah Complex

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We All Step On Snails: A Poetry & Terrarium Experience

Everyone feels tired and uneasy from the dense urban life at some point in time. Calm those frayed nerves and fight the urban blues through a poetry performance by poet Marc Nair while crafting your very own terrarium.

9 & 17 March: 1pm – 3pm

The Hive Carpenter (9 March) & Plain Vanilla Bakery (17 March)

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Legend of Bukit Merah – An Intergenerational Adaptation

This intergenerational theatre programme will explore the legend of Redhill based on the book Attack of The Swordfish. The participants, made up of senior citizens and kindergarten children, will explore the different perspectives of the story in relation to the world today.

9 March, 2pm – 2.30pm, 3pm – 3.30pm

NTUC Health Active Ageing Hub

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Storytelling cum Book Sale

Come join us for a storytelling session and a sale of pre-loved children’s books! Get a free copy for every book purchased.

9 March, 2pm – 4pm

Dignity Mama Stall @ Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

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Heartland Humour in SingLit

In this light-hearted discussion, award-winning author James Suresh shares humorous stories from his latest books When I was in Uniform… and Singapore in the 60s.

9 March, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

[email protected]

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Shaping ‘Oops Odelia’

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon starting with an interactive storytelling session with Oops Odelia’s MY Birthday Cake and followed by a hands-on pancake making session facilitated by Sann Choo, the book’s illustrator.

9 March, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Slappy Cakes @ The Grandstand

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Living Galleries: A Poetry Workshop and Tour

The exhibition Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore presents social and cultural narratives of Singapore in painting. Three generations of Singapore Poets will do the same in verse. The poets will reflect on bonds with their homeland through the visual and literary arts.

9 March; Reading Tour - Group 1: 3.30pm – 5pm, Group 2: 5pm – 6.30pm; Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop - Group 1: 4pm – 4.45pm, Group 2: 5.15pm – 6pm

National Gallery Singapore

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நம்மவர் (Our Very Own) — Celebrating The Authors of Singapore

Presenting the writings of Latha Krishnasamy, associate editor of Tamil Murasu.

9 March, 4pm – 5.30pm, 7pm – 8.30pm

Malay Heritage Centre

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跟着乐乐和佳佳游新加坡 (Visit Singapore With Timmy & Tammy)

Join us for a storytelling session followed by a tour to the food court (Session 1) or the library (Session 2)! This programme is in Mandarin.

10 March, 2pm – 3.30pm, 4pm – 5.30pm

Bras Basah Complex

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Rewriting Asian Myths and Legends

In this fun-filled workshop, children's writer Xie Shi Min will talk you through how to re-write myths to make your own story.

10 March, 3pm – 6pm

[email protected]

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Memateri Prasasti — Cinta Dari Kaca Mata Rafaat Hamzah (Memateri Prasasti — Love From Rafaat Hamzah’s Eyes)

Cinta Daripada Kaca Mata Rafaat Hamzah (Love Through Rafaat Hamzah’s Eyes) is a performance-forum that features renowned poet and artist Rafaat Hamzah. This session is in Malay.

10 March, 6pm – 7pm

Festive Plaza Main Stage, Our Tampines Hub

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#BuySingLit Book Bazaar

The #BuySingLit Book Bazaar is back after two successful runs at Gillman Barracks and The Arts House! Organised by the Singapore Book Publishers Association this year, the bazaar showcases the best in the local literary publishing scene and features established and independent literary content makers.

8 March, 6pm – 10pm; 9 March, 11am – 10pm; 10 March, 11am – 7pm

The Arts House

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Armour x Author Meet & Greet

Meet the authors of The Boys Who Talks in Bits and Bobs and Murphy, See How You Shine! – Eva Wong and Chen Wei Teng and join them at a fun-filled storytelling session and activities for parent-and-child pairs.

9 March, 2pm – 3.30pm

Times Waterway Point

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Learning with Authors: Teacher’s Pack for Language and History

Are you an English teacher? Enhance your knowledge of SingLit, to make classroom learning more exciting. This primary school teacher's toolkit comes with teaching plans and resources, and will be sent to various primary schools.

From 8 March

Various Primary Schools

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Books By Your Side

Instead of fashion or interior design magazines, copies of SingLit titles by Asiapac books are available at various hair salons and clinics. Time flies when you're browsing books.

8 – 17 March

Clinics, salons and other neighborhood joints in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio

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We All Step On Snails: A Poetry & Terrarium Experience

Everyone feels tired and uneasy from the dense urban life at some point in time. Calm those frayed nerves and fight the urban blues through a poetry performance by poet Marc Nair while crafting your very own terrarium.

9 & 17 March: 1pm – 3pm

The Hive Carpenter (9 March) & Plain Vanilla Bakery (17 March)

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Pisang Popular — A Malay Pop Up Theatre Performance For Pre-Schoolers

Catch the pop-up play of Pisang Popular and interact with life-sized characters to find out what Pisang Tanduk wants to be when he grows up. The performance will be in Malay.

15 March, Show 1: 10am – 10.45am Show 2: 11am – 11.45am Show 3: 1pm – 1.45pm Show 4: 2pm – 2.45pm Show 5: 3pm – 3.45pm

Kaw Kaw SG Restaurant

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SingLit 好自然 (Celebrating SingLit with Nature)

Surrounded by nature, “SingLit 好自然” (“Celebrating SingLit with Nature”) aims to instil an appreciation for SingLit using interesting and creative ways to raise awareness for Singapore literary works and authors. This programme is in Mandarin.

16 March, Book Fair: 9am – 12pm Children poetry and sketching: 9.30am – 11.30am Interactive storytelling: 9am – 11.30am Poetry and Sketching: 9am – 11.30am

Bollywood Veggies

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Menyunting Cerpen Dan Novel Secara Berkesan (Editing Short Story And Novel In An Effective Way)

In this workshop, participants will learn about the importance of editing short stories and novels and the do’s and don’ts before submitting a manuscript to a publisher. This session is in Malay.

16 March, 9am – 1pm

Wisma Geylang Serai

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Writing Screenplay From Local Short Stories

Writing Screenplay from Local Short Stories is a 1-day workshop where local Tamil literature will be brought to life through the craft of screenwriting. This programme is in Tamil.

16 March, 10am – 5pm

Tampines Regional Library

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Buana Buku Rimbun Ilmu – Pesta Buku Melayu 2019 (World of Books, Luxury of Knowledge – Malay Book Fair 2019)

Immerse yourself in this book fair, featuring programmes and books in Malay and English at the heart of the Malay community at Wisma Geylang Serai.

16 March, 10am – 9pm 17 March, 10am – 7pm

Wisma Geylang Serai

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Peraduan Pentas Cilik- Kembara Cerita Singapura (Mighty Tellers Competition – Venturing SG Tales)

Calling students and aspiring parent-and-child storytellers! Come and show your support for SingLit by dramatising your favourite local Malay children’s storybook.

16 March, 10.30am – 2.30pm

Tampines Regional Library

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Creating A Fictional Universe

How do fantasy authors create characters and the universes they live in? Where does their inspiration come from? Join author and artist David Liew in a hands-on miniature house crafting session.

16 March, 10.30am – 1.30pm

*SCAPE Arena

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LITTLE SingLit Puppet Theatre

The LITTLE SingLit Puppet Theatre is back to delight and astound you. Adapted from home-grown children’s SingLit, our puppet show will offer lots of fun to the audience.

16 & 17 March, 11am – 12pm, 3pm – 4pm (both days)

Woods in the Books

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Stories Alive! Menghidupkan Cerita Dwibahasa untuk Kanak- Kanak (Stories Alive! Making bilingual stories come alive for children)

Stories Alive! aims to bring to life 4 local bilingual English-Malay story books through interactive roleplaying and story stations. This programme is in Malay and English.

16 March, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Wisma Geylang Serai

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Nomads and The World in a Cup of Tea

Enjoy afternoon tea at Mount Faber as travel writers Marc Nair and Tan Mei Ching feed your souls with their literary voyages.

16 March, 2pm – 3.30pm

Temenggong 18/20

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#BuySingLit x Books & Beer 2.0

Get a taste of local literature, locally-inspired craft beer and meet local writers at your everyday haunts.

16 March, 3pm – 6pm 3pm: B&B x #BuySingLit 2.0 starts 4pm: Sharing on Running on Empty: The Story Behind 0.01s with UK Shyam (45 mins) 5pm: Sharing on Separation: A History with Christine Chia (45 mins) 6pm: End of B&B x #BuySingLit 2.0

The 1925 Brewing Co.

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Malar Sinar: Pelancaran 5 Buku Pelbagai Genre (Eternal Sunshine: The Launch of 5 Multigenre Books)

Join us at Malar Sinar as we celebrate the launch at Wisma Geylang Serai of 5 new Malay books written by 20 Singaporean writers. This launch is in Malay.

16 March, 3.30pm – 5pm

Wisma Geylang Serai

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re: Verse 3.0

Join us at this spoken word performance, which reimagines local poetry through translation and creative adaptation.

16 March: 6pm – 7.30pm, 8pm – 9.30pm; 17 March: 2.30pm – 4pm, 4.30pm – 6pm

Centre 42

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Feast of Feelings

Through Singapore poetry that addresses different feelings such as love, melancholy and discontent, Feast of Feelings engages the public in starting conversations about mental health.

16 March, 7pm – 10pm

Relish.sg

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Irama Dumpra: Kata dan Irama Bersatu (Sounds of Dumpra: Words and Melodies in Harmony)

Irama Dumpra is a performance based on a collection of poems titled Dumpra by Aqmal N. This session is in Malay.

16 March, 8pm – 9.30pm

Wisma Geylang Serai

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Warna-Warni Di Taman (Colours In The Garden)

Stories and art combine in this interactive storytelling session, which follows a group of small creatures living in the garden. Suitable for children age 5 to 8. This session is in Malay.

17 March, 10am – 12pm

Wisma Geylang Serai

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我爱阅读嘉年华 (I Love SingLit Carnival)

Buy and Read SingLit Chinese books created by our local writers and illustrators.

17 March, Session 1: 10am – 12.30pm Session 2: 2pm – 5pm

National Library Building

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SUPACROSS – Singapore’s 1st World of Supaheroes Universe

Get up close & personal with Jerry Hinds and get to know Singapore's first extensive superhero comic book series.

17 March, Session 1: 11am – 12.30pm Session 2: 2pm – 3.30pm Session 3: 5pm – 6.30pm

Jurong West Public Library

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Alunan Puisi Melayu (Melody of Malay Poetry)

Get acquainted with a wide range of traditional Malay lyrical poetry, and try your hand at writing and performing them. This programme is in Malay.

17 March, 2pm – 5pm

Wisma Geylang Serai