Returning for its 14th edition this year, the Singapore Writer’s Festival has by now become a highly anticipated annual affair. This serves as a fitting tribute to our burgeoning local literary industry, as well as the interest surrounding it. Not only has Singapore produced many talented writers in recent years, there has more importantly been greater emphasis on cultivating interest and affection towards this art.
This year’s theme is ‘Transaction’, which in itself contains manifold meanings. However, it seems to me like the word ‘transaction’ doesn’t merely refer to the conveyance, but more accurately an exchange. A transaction means that you would have to give up something of yourself in exchange for something else. A befitting way of describing literature – accruing just as much a part of yourself to the piece by making yourself emotionally available to it, as it does to you by opening up about the most tender of topics.
This year’s festival program would have something to appeal to all ages. ‘Little Lit’ targets children and families, while ‘Off The Page’ is where the audience will be treated to creative performances and open-mic readings, thus allowing words to cross the boundary from pages onto real life. ‘Literary Meals’ also offers a unique experience, whereby participants get up close and personal with authors over a meal at one of the selected Arts House restaurants. There will also be lectures and panel discussions with local and international writers, including Michael Chabon, author of ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay’ and Steven Levitt, author of ‘Freakonomics’.
The festival will run from 22nd to 30th October 2011, with an expected 120 participating writers and approximately 100 events held across five central venues. Whether you’re playing the role of an inquisitive passersby or a literature lover, there’s bound to be something that would appeal to you. Approach with an open mind, and witness the different transactions and interactions that would take place.
For more information on the 2011 Singapore Writer’s Festival, please visit www.singaporewritersfestival.com.