Grab lunch and bond over Singaporean literature with a writer or get snippets of SingLit on-demand from a story machine – these are just some highlights of the over 50 programmes at #BuySingLit 2019. The third edition of this movement to promote Singapore literature promises to be its biggest yet, with the addition of an extra weekend of activity that will be held from 8-17 March 2019, which will cast a spotlight on unique programmes offered by various local publishers, retailers and non-profits.
Sing Lit Cloud
Local literature, meet the world wide web. Incorporating interactive technology with our advocacy in the literary arts, Sing Lit Cloud takes the form of a limited series of standing printers, capable of generating excerpts of quality Singaporean prose on-demand like the Teenage Textbook by Adrian Lim and They Do Return…But Gently Lead Them Back by Catherine Lim.
Organised by Sing Lit Station. Sing Lit Cloud Printers can be found in the following locations:
– Our Tampines Hub
– Mapletree Business City
– [email protected]
Organised by Localbooks.sg with the support of Grab Singapore.
– GrabRewards (8-31 Mar 2019): Grab users will be able to use GrabRewards to redeem a mystery SingLit book gift from any of the 14 different locations including bookshops and co-working spaces around Singapore. 8,000 books are up for grabs, with titles including Balik Kampung by Verena Tay and Lieutenant Kurosawa’s Errand Boy by Warran Kalasegaran.
Storytelling cum Book Sale: 9 March, 2pm – 4pm – a storytelling session and a sale of pre-loved children’s books (get a free copy for every book purchased.)
Pesta Buku Melayu – Buana Buku Rimbun Ilmu (World of Books, Luxury of Knowledge) 16-17 Mar – Singapore’s First Malay-centric book carnival organised by Pustaka Islamiyah. Held in Wisma Geylang Serai, this programme features six different Malay publishers in Singapore coming together for a weekend of literary activities and storytelling, celebrating the Malay language and culture.
Textures 8-10 Mar – The Arts House’s signature programme Textures returns on the first weekend of #BuySingLit as Textures 2019’s shining a spotlight on how words capture and decipher a spectrum of emotions and related themes, through curated programmes that transcend traditional literary art forms, ranging from performances, exhibitions, workshops, talks, and a book fair.
Yong Siak Street Party 16-17 Mar – Literature comes alive along Yong Siak Street in Tiong Bahru this weekend with a whole slew of SingLit activities including lunch with a local author, and a search for familiar local faces to win #BuySingLit book vouchers. Organised by indie bookstore BooksActually and their neighbours.
We All Step On Snails: A Poetry & Terrarium Experience 9 and 17 Mar – Everyone feels tired and uneasy from the dense urban life at some point in time. Calm those frayed nerves and fight the urban blues through a poetry performance by poet Marc Nair while crafting your very own terrarium.
Singapore Picture Books Carnival – in Mandarin – 9 March, 1pm – 6pm. A first in Singapore, this carnival brings together Singapore’s children books authors under one roof with author talks, storytelling as well as arts and craft sessions.
Legend of Bukit Merah — An Intergenerational Adaptation – 9 March– This intergenerational theatre programme will explore the legend of Redhill based on the book Attack of The Swordfish. The participants, made up of senior citizens and kindergarten children, will explore different perspectives of the story in relation to the world today.
Shaping ‘Oops Odelia’ – 9 March, 2.30pm – 5.30pm – Fun-filled afternoon starting with an interactive storytelling session with Oops Odelia’s MY Birthday Cake and followed by a hands-on pancake making session facilitated by Sann Choo, the book’s illustrator.