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Poetry is a path to joy for many - yet one person's joy may be another's sorrow, or anger, or even confusion. The panel brings together four of Singapore's favourite poets - who are also four of Singapore's most different poets in their approaches to writing. In this session moderated by Joshua Ip, Alfian Sa'at, Daryl Lim Wei Jie, Deborah Emmanuel and Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé will share some of their work that brings them happiness, and discuss their diverse approaches to writing.
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About Read! Fest 2018
Read! Fest is back for the 5th year running! NLB’s annual literary festival continues to celebrate the joy of reading, this year dedicated to The Pursuit of Happiness. Find your happiness through the many programmes lined up from 22 June – 28 July, 2018. To find out more about Read! Fest 2018, visit www.nationalreadingmovement.sg.
About the Speakers
Alfian Sa'at is W!LD RICE's Resident Playwright. He has been nominated for the Life! Theatre Awards for Best Original Script ten times, and has received the award four times. His publications include Collected Plays One and Two, Cooling-Off Day, the poetry collections One Fierce Hour, A History of Amnesia and The Invisible Manuscript and the short story collections Corridor and Malay Sketches.
Daryl Lim Wei Jie is a poet and critic, who is particularly interested in the intersections of history and literature His first collection of poetry, A Book of Changes, was published by Math Paper Press in 2016, under the Ten Year Series imprint. Daryl's work has appeared in the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Ceriph, Cordite, Drunken Boat and Softblow, and his poetry has been anthologised in A Luxury We Cannot Afford and elsewhere. His work won him the Golden Point Award in English Poetry in 2015.
Deborah Emmanuel is a Singaporean poet, performer and four-time TEDx speaker. She has performed widely from Makassar to Queensland and toured alongside Sarah Kay and Anthony Anaxagorou. Deborah's first collection When I Giggle In My Sleep, was published by Red Wheelbarrow Books early 2015. Her foray into creative non-fiction, Rebel Rites, launched in 2016. When not making poems, Deborah makes music with Wobology, The Ditha Project, Mantravine and Kiat, performs on stage and screen and facilitates workshops.
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, three hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audio books. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.
Joshua Ip is an award-winning Singaporean poet, editor and literary organiser. He has published three collections of poetry, edited seven anthologies, and is working on a graphic novel. He co-founded Sing Lit Station, a literary charity running community initiatives such as poetry.sg, SingPoWriMo, and Manuscript Bootcamp.