[Read! Fest 2019] Writing About Art: The Beauty of Ekphrasis

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, Educators/Parents
  • Category: Arts, Heritage, Read, Singapore & S.E.A
Sat, 6 Jul, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (GMT+8)

National Library

Level 1 - Visitors' Briefing Room

100 Victoria Street National Library Board

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, Educators/Parents

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Programme Synopsis

From art can emerge the most imaginative writing. How do authors interpret artworks, and create beautiful texts of their own? Commissioned by the National Arts Council, the anthology, Eye/Feel/Write: Experiments in Ekphrasis, features twenty eminent Singapore authors, who penned pieces inspired by artwork at the National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum.

Introducing some of these stellar collaborations, editor Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé helps participants unleash the imaginative power of ekphrastic writing, encouraging them to write beyond “what they see”. Participants realise how different art forms may inform and inspire other art forms, thereby expanding their creative practice.

Limited seats. For ages 12 and up.

Instructor Profile

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, five hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than twenty 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.

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