Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Singapore Writers Festival 2015

From 31st October to 8th November,  the Arts House at Old Parliament Lane was swamped attendees for the Singapore Arts Council's Singapore Writers Festival.  And who thinks Singaporeans don't really read?

Novelists, journalists, non-fiction writers, children's authors,  and poets from both Singapore and around the world have found time to  fit a trip to the festival into their busy schedules. Such notables as Jacqueline Harvey, Ovidia Yu, Shamini Flint, David Almond, Joshua Ip, Alvin Pang, John Dougherty, Gwee Li Sui, Michael Chabon, Colin Cheong, Michael Cunningham, and Paul Theroux  are amongst the literary glitterati who have graced the event in recent years.

This year Adeline, Emily, Kenneth and Denise were on panel of the 10 Books Your Family Should Read session so I showed up to offer my support for their 10:30am session. I'm not a morning person but I perked up when the discussion bounced off with a reading of my book 'If I Were A Blue Kangaroo'. It's needless to say that Ken did a great job of the reading.

With the reading done, they each discussed their individual top picks before they took questions from the floor befothe session concluded with a lucky audience member winning a set of all ten children's books. All in all I would say their session was a pretty good way to start the festival.

The ten books in the set:

Not in the Stars by Pauline Loh
Butter by Erin Lange
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Boom by Jean Tay
If I Were a Blue Kangaroo by David Seow, Children's Book Author
The Mango Tree by Hidayah Amin
The Rock and the Bird by Chew Chia Shao Wei 
Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong by AJ Low
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Near and Dear edited by Ken Spillman 
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo


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