The Singapore Writers Festival is one of Asia’s premier literary events. Inaugurated 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. SWF has delighted book lovers by featuring literary luminaries such as Singapore writers Shamini Flint, Alvin Pang, Suchen Christine Lim, You Jin, as well as international writers such as Steven Levitt, Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Bi Feiyu, Andrew Motion and Marc Smith. 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. With the heart of the Festival District at the Singapore Management University’s Campus Green, this year’s panels, readings and performances will be spread out over 10 days and take place at The Arts House, the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Art Museum, the Peranakan Museum and The National Library.
About 2012 Festival
SWF’s 2012 theme returns to the beginning. The beginning of time, of language, of the story, of our identities…
This year’s programming shines the spotlight on story-telling, biographies, and historical fiction and traces the source of creative inspiration – what is at the heart of moving narratives, riveting characters and memorable turns-of-phrase.
At the same time, in a world of mass reproductions, new technologies and endless iterations of old stories, we reflect on what is truly original in the first place.