SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL (SWF) returned bigger and bolder than ever on 31 Oct, with this year’s theme being the Prospect of Beauty. From the philosophical to the lyrical, SWF 2014 explores all different facets and layers that make up the concept of beauty, whether it be in the written word, in nature or in life itself.
Made up of a myriad of panels, book launches and other special events, the festival is helmed by three internationally acclaimed and award-winning writers: Paul Muldoon, Robert Pinsky, and Naomi Wolf. However, many exciting events are happening on the local front as well, with featured Singaporean writers such as Alvin Pang, Cyril Wong, Joshua Ip, and Pooja Nansi.
One of the main festival highlights is a commissioned work entitled Apart, a dramatized reading featuring local poets Cyril Wong, Tania de Rozario, Pooja Nansi, Joshua Ip, and Jollin Tan. Drawing on the confessional works of these five poets, up-and-coming playwright Joel Tan dramaturges this union of poetry, drama and music.
Free events are in abundance as well. Desmond Kon, Justin Ker, and Cyril Wong among many other local authors will have their books launched at the Festival Pavilion on the SMU campus green.Just across the street, readings, performances and other events will take place at Molly Roffey's Irish Pub and the Singapore Art Museum. Poetry collective Proletariat Poetry Factory will also be appearing at the Festival Pavilion to mass produce poems via one-word prompts from the public on 2 & 9 November. Of course, the ever-popular and hilariously witty closing debate will be taking place once again, this time discussing the topic, True Art is Always Ugly.