SgWritersFest

One of Asia's premier literary events, SWF 2016 is a kaleidoscope of creative talents from our shores and around the world, to celebrate life's cultural and emotional riches with the theme Sayang. The 19th edition of Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) offers a strong literary contingent with a slant on topical issues, and will take place from 4 to 13 November 2016. Ranging from the US Presidential Elections to the refugee crisis in Europe to the Fukushima disaster, writers, poets and speakers will examine these contemporaneous subjects in their myriad ways.

  • SWF 2017: Take a Break in an Age of Uncertainty

    Literary Arts, Festival 12 Nov 2017 While the world is embroiled in cultural wars, four distinguished American authors take a breather and share how they chill...
    The Arts House, Chamber The Arts House, Chamber
  • SWF 2017: Drawing Urban Landscapes

    Literary Arts, Festival 11 Nov 2017 Hong Kong comics illustrator Stella So captures her city's architectural heritage in an imagined compression of time, place and meaning....
    The Arts HouseThe Arts House
  • SWF 2017: Hope and Resistance in the Age of Dystopia

    Literary Arts, Festival 11 Nov 2017 Dystopia, climate change, terrorism – our preoccupation with the planet's fate has made these the default themes of the 21st...
    Victoria Theatre Victoria Theatre
  • SWF 2017: How Bookstores Can Survive In The Internet Age

    Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop, Festival 11 Nov 2017 Across the world, brick-and-mortar bookstores are struggling as consumers turn to online shopping and digital media. Join Japanese bibliophile and...
    The Arts House, Play DenThe Arts House, Play Den
  • SWF 2017: The Responsibility of Origins and Identities in Singapore

    Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop, Festival 11 Nov 2017 In a world order where cultural and racial identities have become politicised, how much say do you have over your...
    The Arts HouseThe Arts House
  • SWF 2017: Sons of Singapore feat. Daughter of Singapore Sharul Channa

    Literary Arts, Festival 10 Nov 2017 Five years ago, these comedians took the country by storm with the first-ever combined showcase of their unique...
    Victoria TheatreVictoria Theatre
  • SWF 2017: City of Ghosts

    Literary Arts, Film, Festival 9 Nov 2017 When Raqqa was invaded by ISIS in 2013, a group of anonymous activists started to document the atrocities in their...
    The Arts House, Screening Room 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429The Arts House, Screening Room 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
  • SWF 2017: Paterson

    Film, Festival 9 Nov 2017 An unassuming bus driver goes about his daily routine observing the triumphs and defeats present in his life, expressing them...
    The Arts House, Screening Room 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429The Arts House, Screening Room 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
  • SWF 2017: Safari

    Literary Arts, Film, Festival 9 Nov 2017 Africa. In the wild expanses, where bushbucks, impalas, zebras, gnus and other creatures graze by the thousands, they are on...
    The Arts House, Screening Room 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429The Arts House, Screening Room 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
  • SWF 2017: Literary Pioneer Lecture: Not by Bread Alone or Choice

    Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop, Festival 5 Nov 2017 Veteran poet Anne Lee Tzu Pheng shares experiences and lessons gleaned from more than 30 years of writing poetry. She...
    The Arts House, ChamberThe Arts House, Chamber
  • SWF 2017: Malam Sastera IV: The Icons of Music

    Music, Literary Arts, Festival 5 Nov 2017 It's a rare opportunity to catch the legends of Malay entertainment – lyricist Encik Yusnor Ef and singer Sanisah Huri...
    National Gallery SingaporeNational Gallery Singapore
  • SWF 2017: The Citizen Project

    Literary Arts, Festival 5 Nov 2017 The Citizen Project is a writing competition inviting essays and creative works on any aspect of citizenship. British author Richard...
    National Gallery SingaporeNational Gallery Singapore
  • SWF 2017: The Many-Splendoured Folk Art of Tamil Storytellers

    Music, Literary Arts, Festival 4 Nov 2017 It's an extremely rare feast for the senses as we present a night of multi-faceted storytelling via the folk arts...
    Victoria TheatreVictoria Theatre
  • SWF 2017: Lyrical Roots: The Poetry of Music

    Music, Literary Arts, Festival 3 Nov 2017 It's a cross-disciplinary dream with music and poetry. Witness the beauty of Singaporean Tamil verse as interpreted by two young...
    The Arts House, Play DenThe Arts House, Play Den
  • Singapore Writers Festival 2017: Aram அறம்

    Literary Arts, Film, Talk/Workshop, Festival 3 - 12 Nov 2017 What are the meanings of being "good"? Aram, a Tamil word, zeroes in on the universal ethical concept. A term...
    Various venues mainly in civic districtVarious venues mainly in civic district
  • SWF Lecture – Lionel Shriver: An Unflinching Eye Into Truth

    Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop, Festival 13 Nov 2016 Lionel Shriver is feted for the way she takes on huge contemporary issues, and in her latest novel, The Mandibles:...
    National Gallery Singapore, AuditoriumNational Gallery Singapore, Auditorium