[Read! Fest 2019] Travel Woke: Creative Epiphanies from a Plane

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Tweens, Teens, Adults, 50 and above, Educators/Parents
  • Category: Read
Availability: 50
Sun, 7 Jul, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (GMT+8)

National Library

Level 5 - Imagination Room

100 Victoria Street National Library Board

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

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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.


How does visiting the bustling streets of Thailand uncover a transcending cocktail infused with grasshoppers?
Why would a bumpy flight threatening a crash towards Marrakech invoke ideas of privilege?
Witness the author of ‘Desire for Elsewhere’ and the head mixologist of Native Bar meet for an expansive, no holds-barred discourse on this overused word known as Wanderlust.
They will dissect its trappings and explore how their creative awakenings on love, loss, time and the ephemeral nature of life were triggered by taking that plane.
Speakers’ Profile:

Agnes Chew
is the author of The Desire of Elsewhere (2016, 2nd ed.: 2017). Her writing has been published in journals and magazines across Southeast Asia, the UK, and the US. She has presented her work in Singapore and London. Her desire for elsewhere has led her to 52 countries thus far. Agnes holds a MSc in Development Management (Best Overall Performance) from the London School of Economics, and a double degree in Economics and Business (Magna Cum Laude) from Singapore Management University. A former public servant and volunteer writer for UN Women, she has worked with the UK Department for International Development and Save the Children in London. She currently works at the World Bank.

Leon Tan has a decade of experience in the Food & Beverage Industry. Graduating from an Arts school Majoring in Video Arts, initially starting out in the Industry for extra money turned into a Career and love of everything related to eating and drinking. Leon has an inquisitive character. Thus, that curious nature has brought him to a myriad of Countries, from the likes of Australia, Denmark and Scotland to name a few. Visiting and experiencing Distilleries, Wineries, Breweries, Farms and Plantations.

Leon is a firm believer that a Cocktail Bar is a place to enjoy a conversation, share experiences, and most importantly to make new friends.

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