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Singapore Writers Festival


Make Yourself Heard!: Create Your Own Spoken-Word Piece

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 11.30am - 1.00pm
Location: Asian Civilisations Museum, Discovery Room

“Have something to say and not sure how to express it effectively? Script and perform your own performance poetry inspired by your own experiences in this workshop by award-winning Australian performance poet, Jesse Oliver. Learn how you can get inspired by disparate influences like music lyrics and video game narratives.
This session is recommended for ages 13 to 16.”

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion Jesse Oliver is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Getting "Woke": Voices Of The Youth

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Location: Funan Showsuite, Junction of Hill Street and High Street

“Don’t underestimate the millennials. They may have been dismissed as “Generation Me”, but increasing evidence shows they are also resourceful and can be a force to be reckoned with. From student rallies in the US rallying against gun violence to “Instapoets” turning poetry books into bestsellers, they can effect change. Three speakers who have harnessed youths towards positivity will discuss why they work with young people and how the latter can be mobilised for good.”

Word Travels Director Miles Merrill is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Str8 Up: Word On The Street

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Location: The Arts House (TAH), Chamber

“As former US president Barack Obama says, “The thing about hip-hop today is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.” Issues of integration, empathy and intercultural dialogue are pre-eminent in the current age of discord. In this special event, writers, musicians and performance poets take to the stage to highlight the kindred spirit linking poetry, rap and hip-hop, and wrestle with the concerns that afflict our times.”

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion Jesse Oliver is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Stand Up And Deliver

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Location: National Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studio 1

“Have something to get off your chest or a confession to make public? Learn from Miles Merrill – an award-winning writer-performer, director of Word Travels and founder of the Australian Poetry Slam – on the techniques on communicating effectively in person. A useful workshop for anyone who finds public speaking daunting – whether it’s spoken word, performance poetry or stand-up.

This workshop is recommended for adults aged 18 and above, as well as aspiring spoken-word artists.”

Word Travels Director Miles Merrill is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival! Check out the program here!

Hip Hop & Rock: Voices Across Generations

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Location: The Arts House (TAH), Play Den

“Rap star Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer prize while rock legend Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a sung-and-rapped-through musical based on the life of American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Why and how have popular musicians become the prophets of our times? This panel will trace the rise of popular music and its variant genres in reflecting the social currents through the decades.”

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion Jesse Oliver is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Grit Within The Pages

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 8.00pm - 9.00pm
Location: Empress Lawn, Singapore

“To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether it is noble in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?” asks Hamlet. For many, writing is the best companion in life as one faces tribulations. These writers will share how their writing -- either through spoken-word, poetry or memoir -- have supported them through difficult times.”

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion Jesse Oliver is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Late Night Confessions: "I Never Told Anyone..."

Date: Monday, November 5, 2018
Time: 9.00pm - 10.30pm
Location: Empress Lawn, Singapore

“Great confessional writers understand that their words can be a rich source of redemption and salvation. Through clear-eyed candour and unflinching honesty, they channel their deepest secrets. Don’t miss this nocturnal gathering where eight speakers come clean on what keeps them awake at night.”

Word Travels Director Miles Merrill is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Earlier Event: November 1
Poetry Slam Workshop