Celebrating 60 years of the European Union (EU) and 40 years of EU-ASEAN ties, the EU together with LASALLE will launch its inaugural European Union Writers Festival to deepen its cultural connections with Singapore. This festival will create a platform for European writers and publishers based in Singapore to discuss their work and ideas which inspire writing in many forms. Highlights include German writer and filmmaker Michael Schindhelm who will present his latest publication, Happy Tropics I and discussions on topics such as Art Writing, The Fine Art of Publishing and Writing in the Age of Social Media.
Opening night (Thu 25 May 2017, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
The opening night will give free rein to four fresh voices from Singapore and Europe. Opening readings will explore the many themes in European contemporary literature. It will also include Singapore poets who have travelled to Europe and have written poems in response to their journey there.
- Joint welcome by H.E. Dr Michael Pulch, European Union Ambassador to Singapore and Professor Steve Dixon, President, LASALLE College of the Arts
- Master of Ceremonies: Dr Darryl Whetter, Programme Leader, MA Creative Writing, LASALLE College of the Arts
- A brief group reading by Yong Shu Hoong, Matthew Lyon, Heng Siok Tian and Olivier Castaignede
Full-day festival (Fri 26 May 2017, 10:00am – 3:00pm)
A series of conversations with authors from Europe and full-fledged panel discussions will be showcased during the festival through the use of literature and words to add to the rich Singapore-Europe dialogue and deepen long-established European connections in the city-state.
Join us for a celebration of culture and literature that has the natural potential to travel beyond borders.
10:00am – 11:00am
In Conversation: Michael Schindhelm with Darryl Whetter
11:00am – 12:00pm
Art Writing and Its Challenges
12:00pm – 1:00pm
The Craft of Film Writing
1:00pm – 2:00pm
The Fine Art of Publishing
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Writing in the Age of Social Media
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