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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.
Weaving History with Fiction: The Challenges of Writing Historical Fiction
What happens when fiction writers take a piece of history and make it their own? Join this panel on historical fiction by well-known authors Meira Chand (A Different Sky), Isa Kamari (1819, Rawa, A Song of the Wind) and Suchen Christine Lim (The River’s Song), moderated by Gwee Li Sui (Written Country: The History of Singapore through Literature). Find out what fascinates them about this genre and how they balance historical fact and fiction.
Registration is required. Suitable for adults.
About the authors
Meira Chand's multi-cultural heritage is reflected in her 8 novels. Her latest book, A Different Sky, was long listed for the Impac Dublin award 2012, and was on Oprah Winfrey’s reading list. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and is involved in promoting young writers in Singapore.
Isa Kamari is a Cultural Medallion winner who has written eight novels in Malay, many of which have been translated into Malay. He has published collections of poems, short stories and plays. He also writes drama serials and documentaries for television. He has a degree in Architecture and a Master of Philosophy in Malay Letters.
Suchen Christine Lim won the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize 1992 for Fistful of Colours, voted one of the top ten Singapore classics in The Sunday Times. Her latest novel, The River’s Song, was selected by Kirkus Reviews (USA) as one of “100 Best Books of 2015”. She was awarded the Southeast Asia Write Award in 2012.
Gwee Li Sui is a poet, graphic artist, and literary critic. His works include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?, One Thousand and One Nights, and The Other Merlion and Friends, as well as Singapore’s first long-form English graphic novel, Myth of the Stone.