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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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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

Download the full programme booklet (in pdf) here. Please note that there are changes to the programme and schedule included in the programme booklet (in pdf). For a more updated listing, please click here.

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Spectacle

When was the last time you had a moment of clarity? Spectacle is a stage production that examines the joys and sorrows of life, as inspired by a selection of works by Singapore woman writers.

12-15 March, see timings below

Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC)

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Ubat Untuk Unta – A Medicine for Unta

Meet Unta and Ulala in this Malay pop-up play specially crafted for pre-schoolers. This programme will be in Malay.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Into the Woods

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Clay Play at Guan Huat Dragon Kiln

Play with clay at the oldest dragon kiln in the country and discover what life was like in pre-war Singapore!

5 - 30 June 2020

via digital

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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 for everyone, young and old.

This programme has been postponed. Please check back for the updates on date and time. Meanwhile, click here for other ongoing programmes.

FORUM The Shopping Mall, B1 Atrium

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#BuySingLit 到百胜楼! (#BuySingLit Comes To Bras Basah Complex!)

From 6 to 22 March, visit Maha Yu Yi to enjoy a 10% discount on SingLit titles. What’s more, participate in the #BuySingLit quiz held at the bookstore and stand a chance to win a $10 BuySingLit voucher! The Pop-Up Bookstore and storytelling events is cancelled.

This programme has been postponed. Please check back for the rescheduled dates and timings. Meanwhile, click here for other ongoing programmes.

Bras Basah Complex

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Super Sing League

Super Sing League will be going online! Support #BuySingLit in the comfort of your home and enjoy FREE postage!

29 May - 29 June

via online catalogue (see link below)

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Poems on Air

Hear SingLit through a compilation album featuring poems in English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil, retold through voice, music and sound. Visit https://artwave.studio/poemsonair for more information. This programme is presented in collaboration with Arts in Your Neighbourhood.

6 - 29 March

Various locations at Arts in Your Neighbourhood

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Singapore Literature Project: Local Stories

Providing an all-round experience for children to discover, enjoy and love Singapore literature through a series of fun and engaging drama workshops, based on four different Singapore literary works.

7, 8, 14 and 15 March Refer to schedule below

Cairnhill Arts Centre, ACT 3 Theatre

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达哥打:文字与记忆的乡间小路 (dakota: A Trail of Memory and Words)

Join writer Wong Koi Tet, who was born and raised in Dakota Crescent, on a meandering trail through the remnants of the place, where stories of bygone days still echo in his writing and between the brick-clad walls. This programme will be conducted in Mandarin.

7 March, 9am – 12pm

Mountbatten MRT, Exit B

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The Snail Who Didn’t Want…His Shell, an intergeneration presentation

Updated programme: Due to the extension of the circuit breaker, the storytelling session will be done by Jeffrey Tan, accompanied by the musician via Skype. Tune in to this! Watch a group of seniors and children from Kampong Admiralty bring to life the book The Snail Who Didn’t Want His Shell.

20 June, 10am - 10.30am

via FB Live

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நம் ஒவ்வொருவருக்கும் ஏற்ற எதிர்கால சிங்கப்பூர்த் தமிழ் இலக்கியம் (Futuristic Singapore Tamil Literature for Everyone)

Secondary school students will participate in a lively discussion on Singapore literary works such as short stories, poems and plays. The audience can participate in a quiz, giving everyone the opportunity to bag a prize.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

National Library Building, The Pod

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Marina Bay Literary Walking Tour

Based on The Last Server by HJ Pang, join author HJ Pang on an exciting literary trail as he brings you over, under and around the gleaming skyscrapers of Singapore.

7 March, 10am – 11.30am

City Hall MRT, Exit A (In front of Raffles City Shopping Centre)

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Do We Prepare the Road or the Child?

Join three local authors - Cassandra Chiu, Charmaine Chan and Danielle Lim - as they read from their books and share formative childhood experiences, in a discussion panel that explores what makes children resilient.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Tampines Regional Library, Programme Zone

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食与诗:阿裕尼/芽笼的文化之旅 (Food & Poetry: Aljunied/Geylang’s cultural food trail)

Embark on a unique cultural trail to experience food and poetry like never before.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

71 Lorong 23 Geylang

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SingLit Comics Den

Spend a weekend with your favourite Singaporean comics titles at SingLit Comics Den Digital!

16 & 17 May, 2pm - 7pm

via Zoom and Facebook Live (see schedule below)

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Poetry and E’thing In-between

Life meets poetry at Poetry and E’thing In-between. Participants can enjoy films, a Yoga & Poetry Session, a Mindfulness & Poetry Session, and onsite book sales of local literature.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Crane Club @ 48 Kim Yam Road

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Create a Terrarium

Create a terrarium and learn more about conservation with Caline Tan, author of the bestselling Robozonic series.

This programme has been postponed. Please check back for the rescheduled date and timing. Meanwhile, click here for other ongoing programmes.

Yishun Public Library, Programme Zone

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Turning Poetry into Song

Listen to three talented singer-songwriters from LASALLE College of the Arts as they turn the poetry of Felix Cheong into songs.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

[email protected], LASALLE College of the Arts, Creative Cube

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Let’s Go Read OutSide!

Filling the void deck and playground with the imaginative world of children's SingLit!

This programme is postponed. Workshops will be held on 21, 22, 28, 29 March. Workshops: 21, 22 March Session 1: 4.30pm - 5.30pm Session 2: 5.30pm - 7pm 28, 29 March (These sessions have been cancelled.) 4.30pm - 5.30pm Library Opening hours (Open to public): 18 - 20, 25 - 27 March: 4pm – 9pm Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Various venues

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City Hall: If Walls Could Talk in Verse

Join poet Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde and other poets as they weave history and fiction together amidst the soaring architecture of National Gallery Singapore.

7 March
Workshop: 3pm – 3.50pm @ Seminar Room 3 and 4 Poetry tour and performances: 4pm – 5.30pm. Tour will begin at the City Hall Foyer, continuing at the City Hall Chamber and ending at the Singapore Courtyard, National Gallery Singapore

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作家书房 Writers’ Book Room

Join local Chinese writers on a journey through SingLit at City Book Room, where you can enjoy their words alongside a cup of coffee. This programme will be in Mandarin.

9 May, 1pm – 5.30pm 10 May, 2pm - 4.30pm

via Zoom

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Writing for Young Adult Readers

Panel discussion on the secrets behind what it takes to become a national bestselling author – by Gabby Tye, Nicole Choo and Elodie Kyra.

This programme is postponed to: 14 June, 4pm - 5.30pm Please click here for other ongoing programmes.

National Library, The Pod

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Dramatised Reading: A Stage Adaptation of 17A Keong Saik Road

SingLit comes to life through a dramatised reading of Jean Tay’s new script for the stage adaptation of Charmaine Leung’s book, 17A Keong Saik Road.

7 & 8 March, 4.30pm – 6pm

Chinatown Heritage Centre

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The Basket by Rolypoly Family

A basket contains, holds, protects, and helps us move things from place to place. In this dance theatre performance, a simple basket evokes sensations and feelings that young children and their families can enjoy together.

7 March, 4.30pm - 5.30pm 8 March, 4.30pm - 5.30pm (Pre-performance craft session from 4.30pm - 5pm. Performance from 5pm - 5.30pm)

Ground-Up Initiative

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குரல் (Voice)

Enjoy an evening of Tamil poetry and music in Kural (Voice), as writers and musicians present original Singaporean Tamil poetry. This programme will be in Tamil.

This programme is postponed to: 2 May, 7pm - 8.30pm

National Library Building, The Pod

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Exlosers: Print to Screen

Meet the director and cast of the Exlosers TV series and learn all about adaptation from books to screen!

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

National Library Building, The Pod

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Living Green: Growing Kitchen Scraps (Virtual) Book Launch

Get up close and personal with author Nur’afifah Binte Mohd Hussain and find out her inspiration behind their book Growing Kitchen Scraps!

22 April, 3pm - 3.30pm

via IGTV and Facebook Live

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Uncanny Yishun: A Poetic Tour of Yishun

Uncanny Yishun is a literary tour of Yishun, featuring a multimedia experience of poetry, prose and facts in a walkabout of Singapore’s most in/famous town.

8 March Tour 1: 10am - 12pm Tour 2: 10.15am - 12.15pm Tour 3: 2pm - 4pm Tour 4: 2.15pm - 4.15pm Note: All tours will start on time. Please come ten minutes before the tour to register. Latecomers will not be entertained.

Yishun MRT, Exit B

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MY Birthday Cake (Fancy Gem Biscuits)

Experience edible elements from SingLit stories, learn how to make a Singaporean old-school snack, and mingle with the creators of Oops Odelia in this fun family-bonding session.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

The Little Things @Upper Thomson Road

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The Suspense is Killing Me—Art of Horror Fiction Writing

Join S.J Huang (author of The New Singapore Horror Collection) as he takes you through the anatomy of suspense. You will dissect plot lines and paragraphs to reveal the nerve fibres of tension that give a story life, and learn to wield the instruments that will help you suture together your very own creation.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Central Public Library, Multi-Purpose Room

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我爱绘本嘉年华 I Love Picture Books Carnival

The literary carnival is back for the second year with meet-the-author talks, storytelling, literary games, contests and mini book fair. Buy and read Chinese picture books by local writers and illustrators! This programme will be in Mandarin.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Central Public Library, Programme Zone

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Tusitala Interactive: Somewhere Else, Another You by Tania De Rozario

Pick your own path in this online literary gamebook inspired by theories of the multiverse. Visit https://somewhere-else.tusitalabooks.com to start your own adventure from 6 March!

Whole Of March

Online

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SG Original Comics Connect

Discover comics by homegrown creators and appreciate how Singapore comics literature is engaging, interesting and of high quality.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Central Public Library, Programme Zone and TCZ Studio (Aljunied Industrial Complex)

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Spectacle

When was the last time you had a moment of clarity? Spectacle is a stage production that examines the joys and sorrows of life, as inspired by a selection of works by Singapore woman writers.

12-15 March, see timings below

Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC)

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#BuySingLit 到百胜楼! (#BuySingLit Comes To Bras Basah Complex!)

From 6 to 22 March, visit Maha Yu Yi to enjoy a 10% discount on SingLit titles. What’s more, participate in the #BuySingLit quiz held at the bookstore and stand a chance to win a $10 BuySingLit voucher! The Pop-Up Bookstore and storytelling events is cancelled.

This programme has been postponed. Please check back for the rescheduled dates and timings. Meanwhile, click here for other ongoing programmes.

Bras Basah Complex

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Super Sing League

Super Sing League will be going online! Support #BuySingLit in the comfort of your home and enjoy FREE postage!

29 May - 29 June

via online catalogue (see link below)

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Poems on Air

Hear SingLit through a compilation album featuring poems in English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil, retold through voice, music and sound. Visit https://artwave.studio/poemsonair for more information. This programme is presented in collaboration with Arts in Your Neighbourhood.

6 - 29 March

Various locations at Arts in Your Neighbourhood

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Singapore Literature Project: Local Stories

Providing an all-round experience for children to discover, enjoy and love Singapore literature through a series of fun and engaging drama workshops, based on four different Singapore literary works.

7, 8, 14 and 15 March Refer to schedule below

Cairnhill Arts Centre, ACT 3 Theatre

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Poetry and E’thing In-between

Life meets poetry at Poetry and E’thing In-between. Participants can enjoy films, a Yoga & Poetry Session, a Mindfulness & Poetry Session, and onsite book sales of local literature.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Crane Club @ 48 Kim Yam Road

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Turning Poetry into Song

Listen to three talented singer-songwriters from LASALLE College of the Arts as they turn the poetry of Felix Cheong into songs.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

[email protected], LASALLE College of the Arts, Creative Cube

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Let’s Go Read OutSide!

Filling the void deck and playground with the imaginative world of children's SingLit!

This programme is postponed. Workshops will be held on 21, 22, 28, 29 March. Workshops: 21, 22 March Session 1: 4.30pm - 5.30pm Session 2: 5.30pm - 7pm 28, 29 March (These sessions have been cancelled.) 4.30pm - 5.30pm Library Opening hours (Open to public): 18 - 20, 25 - 27 March: 4pm – 9pm Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Various venues

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作家书房 Writers’ Book Room

Join local Chinese writers on a journey through SingLit at City Book Room, where you can enjoy their words alongside a cup of coffee. This programme will be in Mandarin.

9 May, 1pm – 5.30pm 10 May, 2pm - 4.30pm

via Zoom

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Floral Trails: Reading the Garden City

Floral Trails: Reading the Garden City is an experiential floral installation inspired by SingLit texts, and strives to transport visitors to a world where nature meets imagination. This programme is presented in collaboration with Arts in Your Neighbourhood.

12 – 29 March 11am – 9pm

Bukit Panjang Library

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Tika Aksara Menari – When the Alphabets Dance

This 60-minute performance tells the story of a father who struggles to deal with his son’s dyslexia and ends up scarring his own child. Will his child break free or end up miserable in the dance of the alphabets?

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Loft & Gardens, Level 6

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Maskmaking Workshop

Friday the 13th conjures up images of gruesome crimes and horror! But fear not! Let author-sculptor-artist David Liew guide you on a fun Venetian mask-making workshop to keep the fears at bay!

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Singapore Management University

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诗的夜宵 #BuySingLit Poems For Supper

Savour a one-of-a-kind experience tastefully prepared by Lim Jen Erh from Grassroots Book Room. Prepared in response to homegrown poems, Jen Erh's supper menu will satisfy your late-night cravings and nourish your soul as you enjoy culinary ekphrasis. This programme will be in Mandarin.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Grassroots Book Room

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Universe of Feelings: A Multi-Sensory Theatre Adventure

Nobody seems to understand six-year-old Darryl, until a mysterious new friend visits from space and takes him on a journey through the Universe of Feelings. This is an inclusive and sensory friendly performance.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Enabling Village, UOB Ability Hub - Hall 1

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Story Concerto

Local author-storytellers will present stories interwoven with a singalong session of children's songs and all-time favourites on the ukulele. The event will culminate in an exciting meet-and-greet and autograph session with the authors.

27 June, 11am – 12.30pm

via Instagram Live

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Sherlock Stays at Home

Enjoy a live story-telling session of Oops Odelia's latest story, join us in a Sherlock Hunt contest right in the comfort of your own home and stand to win prizes!

This programme is postponed to: 26 April, 10.30am - 11.45am

Live streaming via Zoom

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Bengkel Puisi Pendek Kontemporari – Pendek Tak Cetek (Contemporary Short Poetry Workshop: Short But Not Shallow)

This introduction to short poetry forms such as sonian and haiku will feature established local writers in these genres, encouraging the audience to read and create their own poems. This workshop will be conducted in Malay.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Yishun Public Library, Programme Zone

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Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma: Intergenerational Character Creation Workshop

In this workshop, comics writer Melanie Lee will guide kids, their parents and grandparents to create characters, tell stories, and answer the question: "If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?"

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

City Link Mall, West Atrium @ Booktique’s Super Sing League

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LaSaturday: Art School Stories

This free, public reading will showcase some of the published fiction of writers from LASALLE’s MA Creative Writing Programme. Enjoy stories of love, loss and longing.

16 May, 7.30pm - 8.30pm

via Zoom

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Safari Book Trek

Explore the Night Safari with wildlife experts as your personal guides, and catch a glimpse of hidden night animals.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Night Safari

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பெத்த மனம் கல்லு (வானொலி நாடகங்கள்) Parental heart is Stone Hearted (Radio Dramas)

Singapore Indian Theatre & Film Explorers presents stage readings of two radio dramas from the book Parental Heart Is Stone Hearted (Radio Dramas)>/i> by Somasundaram. His book contains seven unique stories that unearth societal issues, with lots of drama and humour. The audience will witness Somasundaram’s words brought to life by both established and emerging actors. This programme will be in Tamil.

15 March, 4pm - 6.30pm

The Arts House, Living Room

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Tusitala Interactive: Somewhere Else, Another You by Tania De Rozario

Pick your own path in this online literary gamebook inspired by theories of the multiverse. Visit https://somewhere-else.tusitalabooks.com to start your own adventure from 6 March!

Whole Of March

Online

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SG Original Comics Connect

Discover comics by homegrown creators and appreciate how Singapore comics literature is engaging, interesting and of high quality.

This programme is cancelled. Please click here for updates on other ongoing programmes.

Central Public Library, Programme Zone and TCZ Studio (Aljunied Industrial Complex)