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November Brings a Writers Festival to Singapore

Posted: Oct. 31st, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Festival Director Paul Tan
Singapore Writers Festival

Celebrated for its fifteenth edition on November 2nd, the Singapore Writers Festival will be hosted by the Singapore National Arts Council. Despite the eager participation of nearly 50 international writers, concerns have been raised over the profitability of the affair.

THE Singapore Writers Festival is into its 15th edition this year. Beginning on Nov 2 and lasting for 10 days, it will turn the island’s Bras Basah-Bugis districts into a literary hub where some 185 writers from Singapore, Malaysia and further afield will share their thoughts and expertise at workshops, readings and storytelling sessions.

Organising this year’s literary smorgasbord will cost the Singapore National Arts Council some S$1.5mil (RM3.73mil). It is hoped that the allocation, largely used to fly in and accommodate some 50 international writers – including our very own Star columnist, Marina Mahathir – will add sparkle to the ticketed events that will give literary fans the chance to rub shoulders with internationally bestselling authors the likes of Pico Iyer and Michael Cunningham.


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