[Read! Fest 2019] Confluences: Connecting Singapore and the World

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, Educators/Parents
  • Category: Read, Singapore & S.E.A
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Fri, 12 Jul, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (GMT+8)

National Library

Level 16 - The Pod

100 Victoria Street National Library Board

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This year, the sixth instalment of Read! Fest is anchored on the theme of Voyage. Book a trip with us and discover alternative forms of reading at Read! Fest 2019 programmes as we journey through space and time, only from 22 June – 28 July.

For more details, visit www.nationalreadingmovement.sg/readfest.



Read! Fest 2019 Keynote Lecture

What is the place of Singapore literature in the world? What does it mean for Singapore literature to have a place in the world? In this keynote lecture for Read! Fest, poet and editor, Alvin Pang, reflects on two decades of work in trying to connect the Singaporean with the international. He will share about the startling resonances he finds in the writing itself, as well as in common values and challenges, across literary communities everywhere.


Keynote Speaker: Alvin Pang 

Alvin Pang is an award-winning poet and editor based in Singapore. Featured in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English, and the Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, his writing has been published in more than twenty languages, including Swedish, Macedonian, Croatian and Slovene. An internationally engaged literary practitioner and speaker, he is a Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program, and a board member of the International Poetry Studies Institute. His latest book is WHAT HAPPENED: Poems 1997-2017.

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