[Read! Fest 2019] The Books that Saved My Life

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, 50 and above, Educators/Parents
  • Category: Health & Wellness, Read, Singapore & S.E.A
Availability: 27
Sat, 22 Jun, 2019, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (GMT+8)

Central Public Library

Multi-Purpose Room

100 Victoria Street National Library Board

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, 50 and above, Educators/Parents

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Programme synopsis

“Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life.“ —Roxane Gay

From Roxane Gay’s repeated reading of “Perfect Victim” to find endurance in the face of terrible experiences to Cheryl Strayed’s recitation of Adrienne Rich’s poetry in times of sorrow and confusion, books and words have been sources of strength and comfort for people in their own ways.

In this conversation session, Pamela Ho asks writers Fairoz Ahmad (Interpreter of Winds, 2019), Gül İnanç  (Faith in Architecture, 2015) and Yeo Wei Wei (These Foolish Things, 2015)  to share the difficult moments in their lives and the books that led them back into the light.

Speaker Profiles

Fairoz Ahmad is the co-founder of the award-winning non-profit organisation, Chapter W. The organisation empowers rural Indonesian women to become solar lamp entrepreneurs. He is also a lecturer with Temasek Polytechnic. For his contributions to the community, he was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award by the National University of Singapore. Fairoz received the Chevening scholarship to do postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford and graduated with a Master of Public Policy (Distinction) in 2018.

Gül İnanç is a lecturer at School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  Her current projects include creating student activity books, animated films and story books promoting global cultural heritage; deciphering the codes of contemporary religious art in the interfaith contexts; and working with UNESCO on writing teacher's source books for ASEAN countries. She has been awarded the Koh Boon Hwee Scholar in 2016. She is the founding director of UK-registered non-governmental organisation OUR (Opening Universities for Refugees).

Pamela Ho is a freelance writer and published author. She is the former editor of National Arts Council-initiated arts magazine, The A List, and a former deputy editor with Mediacorp Publishing. In 2012, she co-wrote a travel memoir, Adventures of 2 Girls, published by Marshall Cavendish. Pam has also worked in the fields of radio and TV news, as a senior producer with Channel NewsAsia and a senior producer-presenter with 938LIVE.

Yeo Wei Wei is a writer and translator. She is the author of These Foolish Things & Other Stories (Ethos Books, 2015). She holds a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Before she became a freelancer, she worked in the fields of academic research, education and museum publishing.

This programme is organised in partnership with Ethos Books.

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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.

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