Get to know your books, writers and listen to experts on current issues as we dive into topics on reading and literature.
A Bridge to Classics
Ever wanted to read a classic but felt too intimidated to take the plunge? A Bridge to the Classics is a lecture series that aims to introduce and demystify beloved works of literature. This series will equip attendees with the title’s literary and historical contexts and connect these classics to our lives today.
SG Author Series
The SG Author Series celebrates local literature by showcasing Singapore authors from various languages who have contributed to the development of Singapore’s literary landscape.
The next season of SG Author series will be held in September 2022 and March 2023. Click here for more literary programmes.
One Story is a multi-year project that makes local short stories - originally written in Tamil, Malay, Chinese, or English - available in other languages. The project aims to create a common literary conversation for everyone, regardless of language.
Look out for the next edition of One Story in February 2023!
Think Lit is a literary arts series that addresses contemporary topics in reading, literacy and literature for adults. It aims to promote critical thinking and encourages discussion on trending issues facing the literary world. The series will be conducted by educators, teachers, academics, or industry experts.
Click here for the latest programme listings.
Reading in the Age of Distraction
Reading in the Age of Distraction (RAD) is a series of conversations featuring acclaimed international thinkers on the science of reading, and reading well in the digital age. The first installation of the event in 2021 featured speakers such as Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, Rolf Dobelli, author of the Art of Thinking Clearly, Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of The Guardian and Maryanne Wolf, author of Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in the Digital World. Click here to listen to selected RAD 2021’s webinars.
For 2022, RAD discussed strategies to cultivate focused reading in a distracted age. Click here to listen to acclaimed speakers and authors on deep reading, reading actively as well as reading aloud to foster connections.
Read! Fest is NLB’s signature event to encourage Singaporeans to be acquainted or re-acquainted with reading in English and the Mother Tongue languages. Part of the National Reading Movement, Read! Fest features Singapore and international writing of different genres, promoted through a programme line-up celebrating reading with author talks, panel sessions, workshops and reading trails.
Click here to check out what happened at Read! Fest 2021.