From Bridgerton to true crime at Singapore Writers Festival, Arts News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Pining for the following season of steamy Netflix drama Bridgerton? Slake your thirst on the Singapore Writers Pageant (SWF), the headliners of which embody the Regency romance sequence’ writer Julia Quinn.

The twenty fourth version of the annual pageant will function greater than 140 programmes, each in individual and on-line, from Nov 5 to 14.

Different notable authors introduced at a Zoom press convention on Tuesday (Sept 28) embody two-term United States Poet laureate Billy Collins; Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling writer of the 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love; and French-Moroccan writer Leila Slimani, who received the Prix Goncourt for her novel The Good Nanny (2016).

Additionally talking on the pageant are Hugo Award-winning science-fiction author Becky Chambers; Sarah Koenig, the co-creator of hit investigative journalism podcast Serial; and online game author Rhianna Pratchett, daughter of the late fantasy legend Terry Pratchett.

This yr’s theme is Responsible Pleasures. Pageant director Pooja Nansi, 39, mentioned that through the isolation of the Covid-19 pandemic, many have turned to acquainted comforts.

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“For me, it was copious quantities of actuality TV, which wasn’t nice, nevertheless it was oddly comforting to simply watch one thing that did not require my mind to change on and was about different folks’s far more dramatic lives.

“So it got me thinking about the things that we’re watching and reading and consuming that are bringing us lots of comfort, but we may not necessarily feel belong in the literary sphere. I think it’s no secret that I believe the literary sphere is for all of us and that everyone’s loves belong there.”

Beforehand introduced pageant headliners embody horror author R. L. Stine, tv host Tan France and poet Ocean Vuong.

That is the second SWF Nansi has needed to helm in a pandemic. Final yr’s version was solely digital. “The team and I often joke that it feels like throwing a party in the apocalypse,” she quipped.

“But we were just so tired of talking about Covid and I was very clear that I didn’t want a festival that was belabouring pain, because there’s a lot of pain happening right now. So the question was, can we just be radical and have a festival that’s about joy in a time like this?”

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Whereas many of the worldwide headliners will likely be showing just about, there may even be hybrid occasions starting from Youth Fringe programme How You Like That: Unpacking Ok-Pop to Singapore Crimes, a true-crime tour primarily based on the Straits Instances Press e book Responsible As Charged.

For lonely hearts, there are the occasions Thirst Entice Poetry and Pace Hating, which is like velocity relationship besides folks join by means of their literary pet peeves.

This yr’s pageant pioneer is Mrs Hedwig Anuar, the primary Singaporean director of the Nationwide Library, who is taken into account the founding father of the Republic’s trendy library system. She would be the topic of SWF’s first playground-themed exhibition for all ages on the Nationwide Library Plaza.

The pageant is offered by Arts Home Restricted and commissioned by the Nationwide Arts Council, which was beforehand the organiser.

Singapore Writers Pageant 2021

When: Nov 5 to 14

Admission: Early-bird pageant passes until Sept 30 – $28 for all programmes together with worldwide headliners; $16 for chosen programmes excluding worldwide headliners. Regular pageant passes at $35 and $20 respectively from Oct 1. Choose experiential programmes will likely be ticketed individually. Tickets at this web site.

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Data: Singapore Writers Pageant web site

  • Further reporting by Ong Sor Fern