Singapore Writers Festival

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Country and Region SingaporeSingapore
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival Singapore, Singapore
Festival Contact Information

Mr. Paul Tan, Festival Director
National Arts Council
90 Goodman Road
Blk A No.01-01
Goodman Arts Centre
Singapore 439053
Phone: (65) 6346 9400
Fax: (65) 6346 0345

Festival Description

The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is one of Asia’s premier literary events, organised by the National Arts Council. This year, the festival celebrates its 15th edition since its inauguration in 1986. The festival serves a dual function of promoting new and emerging Singaporean and Asian writing to an international audience, as well as presenting the world’s major literary talents to Singaporeans.

The Festival’s 2012 theme, Origins, brings us to the beginning of time, of language, of stories, of identities. To date, it remains one of the few literary festivals in the world that is multi-lingual, celebrating works in Singapore’s official languages – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.

SWF has delighted book lovers by featuring literary luminaries such as homegrown talent Catherine Lim and Singapore’s former president S R Nathan. The festival also features renowned international writers such as Pulitzer-Prize Winner Michael Cunningham, Huang Chun-ming, Pico Iyer, and many more.

Festival Dates November 1 - 10, 2013
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Festival Story:

Mr. Paul Tan, Festival Director, SWF, said, “…SWF has once again attracted a diverse range of local and international talents who will create an environment for a lively exchange of ideas. The nine-day long festival celebrates writers and writing from various genres including fiction, poetry, film, music and visual arts. We hope the Festival will not only give passionate readers the opportunity to encounter their favourite authors beyond the pages of books, but will also attract the man on the street to experience inspiration and creativity through the written and spoken word.”


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Singaporean writer Adrian Tan revisits literary classic “Animal Farm” at SWF’s first Singapore lecture “Brave New Animal Farm”
    • Cambodian poet Khosal Khiev at a full-house reading session that explores dystopian reads at Molly Roffey’s Irish Pub
    • The crowd queues for the Singapore Writers Festival Closing Debate “This House Computes that Singaporeans are Illiterate Robots” at the Binary Pavilion, Campus Green, Singapore Management University on Sunday, 10 November 2013.


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