What's not to be missed at the Singapore Writer's Festival this year.
The Singapore Writer's Festival is an annual celebration of all things literary; from books to plays to poetry.
Last year's edition had an overwhelmingly positive response, and this year's will bring together around 280 Singaporean and Singapore-based authors – the largest ever in its history.
2016 will mark the first time a non-English word will be used as a theme at the festival; Sayang, a Malay term of endearment, hopes to inspire both authors and participants to think about what they treasure most.
Book junkies would look forward to the panels and masterclasses by well-known authors. As for the uninitiated, here are four events you should go for at this year's Singapore Writer's Festival.
1. The Paper Trail (Ticketed)
Led by local poet Yong Shu Hong, The Paper Trail will show you what goes on behind closed doors of five publishing houses. Stopping by Epigram Books, Ethos Books, NUS Press, Lingzi Media, and Mini Monsters, you will get to see how the publishers of titles such as Give It Up For Gimmie Lau and Cooling Off Day produce their books.
THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME TOUR WILL ALLOW YOU TO SEE
BOOKS LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE
Books purchased on the tour will also be sold at a discounted price – great news for bookworms and bookworms to be.
The Paper Trail will be held on Nov 5 from 9am to 1pm. Tickets can be bought from SISTIC for $20.
2. Between the Lines: Rant and Rave II (Ticketed)
A sequel to the popular Rant and Rave performed in 2012 and 2014 that set out to tell the history of Singapore's theater scene, this year's play uncovers the history and evolution of Singapore's literary scene through a 90-minute performance.
ACTRESS JEAN TAY HOLDING ONE OF THE MAIN PROPS IN THE
PERFORMANCE THAT AUDIENCE MEMBERS CAN LOOK OUT FOR.
During a media preview of the performance, Youth.SG asked Serene Chen, one of the cast members, how the actors took on the challenge of telling the story through the voices of over 50 characters present in the play.
"We did a lot of research for images and voice recordings of these people who we were going to be portraying, trying to find a way to represent them through a prop or a voice," Serene Chen said.
Performances will be at 8pm on Nov 4 and 5, and 3pm on Nov 6. Tickets costs $35 and the stage will be turned into an actual book store after the play, where audience members can purchase the books.
3. SEYRA (Free performance)
Not many local bands start their soundtracks with a song in a language that isn't English. SEYRA's new extended playlist of three songs, The City, opens with 'Teruskan', sung entirely in Malay.
IN 2015, 'TERUSKAN' WAS NOMINATED FOR BEST SINGAPORE SONG
AT ANUGERAH PLANET MUZIK, A MALAY AWARDS SHOW.
The six-piece indie-pop band brings every listener on a musical journey, and will be playing at The Arts House on Nov 5 from 1pm to 2pm.
4. Illustrator's battles: Gemma Correll vs Stephanie Wong – Draw Your Pencils! (Free event)
They say that the pen is mightier than the sword, and in this case, that will be true. This round of the Illustrator's Battles pits two artists against each other. Gemma and Stephanie have illustrated several books, namely A Pug's Guide To Etiquette and The Diary Of Amos Lee respectively.
MARVEL AT THE SKILLS OF THESE ARTISTS AS THEY RACE AGAINST
THE CLOCK TO PRESENT THEIR BEST ILLUSTRATIONS.
The artists will be taking your suggestions and make them come to life on paper right in front of you. Audience members also get to vote on who wins at the end of the session.
The battle will happen on Empress Lawn from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Nov 6. You can also catch the second round between Mark Pett and Darel Seow on Nov 13 at the same time.
Whether you're a reader or not, the Singapore Writer's Festival is sure to make you pick up a book by the end of it!