Singapore Literature Conference 2019


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Singapore Literature Conference 2019 is back again for its 2nd instalment.

Join this event to explore a wide range of perspectives and disciplines in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and drama!

Theme: Metamorphosis of Singapore Literature
Date: Sat, 27 July 2019
Time: 8:45am to 5:00pm
Venue: National Library Board, Level 16, the POD, 100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064

Registration encouraged, limited seats.
Snacks will be provided for the morning session, subject to availability.
Attendees should prepare some cash donation for print copies of programme booklet. The booklet is also available online at bit.ly/slc19bklet.
Recommended SGD $2.00 to cover printing costs.

Conference Programme
(Last updated 10 July 2019)


8:45am-9:30am - Registration and morning snacks

9:30am-9:45am - Guest of Honor's Opening Address by A/P Angelia Poon

9:45am-10:30am - Conference Keynote Lecture: “Metamorphosis in Singapore Poetry” by Dr. Oliver Seet

11:00am-12:00pm - Poetry & The World

"Traumas Big and Small in Edwin Thumboo’s migrant poems and Boey Kim Cheng’s After the Fire" by Mr. Eric Tinsay Valles
"Postcolonial Ecocriticism of Edwin Thumboo’s The Cough of Albuquerque" by Ms. Isabelle Lim
Moderated by Mr. Crispin Rodrigues


1:00pm-2:15pm - Plenary, Multilingual Session: "The Metamorphosis of Singapore Literature"

"Anglophone Singapore Poetry: 1990 and Beyond" by A/P Angelia Poon (English)
"Poetry in (literary) plays in Singapore Tamil Theatre as a tool to promote interest in Tamil language" by Mr Elavazhagan Murugan (Tamil)
Dr. Noridah Kamari (Malay)
A/P Tan Chee Lay (Chinese)
Moderated by Dr. Azhar Ibrahim

2:15pm-3:00pm - Fiction That We Read

"Speculative Fiction as Slipstream: Gwee Li Sui’s The Myth of the Stone and Nuraliah Norasid’s The Gatekeeper" by A/P Gui Weihsin
"Singapore literature as world literature" by Dr. Nazry Bahrawi
Moderated by Dr. Pow Jun Kai

3:00pm-3:45pm - Graphic Novels That Make Us Reflect

"Comics as a recuperative archive: Seeing absence in The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye" by Ms. Y-Lynn Ong
"Rewriting The Quest for Nationhood: A Postmodern Reading of Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye" by Ms. Natalie Koh
Moderated by Mr. Kevin Hing

3:45pm-5:00pm - Stories That We Share
"Longing and Belonging: Explorations of Identity in Wena Poon & Alfian Sa'at's Short Stories" by Mr. Ow Yeong Wai Kit
"Horror He Wrote: Gothic Haunting in the Movies of Kelvin Tong" by Dr. Dennis Yeo
"An Aural Navigation through the Shifting Literary Soundscapes of Singapore" by Ms Eunice Lim Ying Ci
Moderated by Mr. Ow Yeong Wai Kit

Details coming soon.
Organised by Poetry Festival Singapore.
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