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NLB’s annual celebration of the joy of reading returns! Read! Fest 2017 invites the curious and bookish of all ages to spice up their reading diet through an array of programmes across the public libraries. Be exposed to the best works by Singapore authors, fresh perspectives on familiar and new stories, and opportunities to create works that everyone can enjoy.
Fill your senses with the richness of emotions and experiences through the world of words, culminating with National Reading Day on 29 July. Find your favourite reading adventure at www.nationalreadingmovement.sg.
Literary Treats: Food in Singapore Fiction & Poetry
The food lovers Singaporeans are, is it any surprise that food frequently makes an appearance in our stories? Food has that magical ability to evoke deep emotions and shared memories. At this panel moderated by Heng Siok Tian, find out from novelist Balli Kaur Jaswal (Sugarbread), playwright Desmond Sim (Student Plays) and poet Boey Kim Cheng (Clear Brightness) on how and why food plays a major role in their writing.
Registration is required. Suitable for adults.
About the authors
Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of Inheritance, Sugarbread and most recently, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. Sugarbread, a novel about food and family, was a finalist for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2015. Currently, she is working on a novel about three sisters on a pilgrimage in India.
Boey Kim Cheng was born in Singapore and migrated to Australia in 1997. His books include five collections of poetry and a travel memoir, Between Stations. HIs poetry collection Clear Brightness was selected by The Straits Times as one of the Best Books of 2012. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Nanyang Technological University.
Desmond Sim currently teaches drama and public speaking at Kids Performing at Suntec City. He has held positions of Associate Artistic Director of ACTION Theatre and Playwright-in-residence at TheatreWorks. He is a multi-award winner for theatre, poetry and short stories, as well as a Peranakan painter.
Heng Siok Tian has published five personal poetry collections, Crossing the Chopsticks and Other Poems, my city, my canvas, Contouring, Mixing Tongues and Is my body a myth. With three other writers, she co-authored The Adopted: Stories from Angkor and Lost Bodies: Poems between Portugal and home.