Upcoming Academy programmes in Dec and Jan

Embracing the Weird: Writing Sepculative Fiction
17 Dec 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm (SGT)
Online Zoom* Session | $25 (ticketing charges apply)
*Link will be sent after registration is successful

School's out—learn something different and try your hand at writing speculative fiction! Uncover unique ways of approaching writing to expand your creativity. Speculative fiction writer Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, who is an award-winning author of the Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Award and a shortlisted writer for the International Rubery Book Award will be leading this workshop. This workshop is most recommended for budding writers aged 13 to 16.


A Single Swallow - In Conversation with the Author, Translator and Editor
19 Dec 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am (SGT)
Online Zoom* Session | Free with registration | Watch live on Facebook
*Link will be sent after registration is successful

When a book carries the weighted stories of a traumatic event like World War II, what goes into sustaining the richness of the book in another language? Join the discussion of author Zhang Ling, translator Shelly Bryant and Amazon Crossing editor Liza Darnton as they share their experiences in translating the cultural, emotional and linguistic nuances of A Single Swallow.


The Final Steps: Literary Translation Workshop
7, 23 and 28 Jan 2021 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm, 10:00am - 12:00pm and 7:00pm - 8:30pm (SGT)
Online Zoom* Session | $85 (Subsidised fee, T&Cs and ticketing charges apply)

If you’re a translator, join literary translator Shelly Bryant and literary agent Anya Goncharova in this hands-on three-week workshop where you will learn to practice literary translation in realistic case study scenarios, work with industry experts and learn how to successfully pitch your translation projects to publishers.

交流点读书会 (NLB Book Club Discussion)

16 Dec 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm (SGT)
Online Zoom* Session | Free with registration | Watch live on Facebook
*Link will be sent after registration is successful


Get to know more about four-time Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) winner 谢裕民 (Chia Joo Ming) and his book, 《建国》(Kian Kok) which won SLP’s Fiction in Chinese this year! Mingle and interact with the author himself in this casual book club session by NLB Chinese Library Services. Club members comprising retirees and housewives will also be giving a sharing, and the session will wrap up with a Q&A. This session will be conducted in Mandarin.

Catch SERVANTS by GroundZ-0 原。空間

20 Dec 2020 | 3:00pm (SGT)
Watch live on Facebook and YouTube

SERVANTS is a work-in-progress presentation inspired and adapted from the French classic The Maids by Jean Genet. GroundZ-0 原。空間 presents their local take on the story where two servants are under oppression for a long time. Find out how they saved themselves while suffering mentally by catching their live performance! There will be a post-show dialogue on Zoom after the livestream. This performance will be in English, Bahasa Indonesia and Punjabi.

Thread Presents CONVEY

27 Dec 2020 | 2:00pm & 3:45pm (SGT)
Pasir Panjang Power Station | Map

Wrap up your year with this special programme commissioned by #BuySingLit and presented by 24OWLS! Immerse yourself in the ambience of Pasir Panjang Power Station as it is transformed into a cocoon of the imagination for four poets and two illustators. Six artists will contribute their own to a collective piece. You can take part in this site-specific response project and wander through the spaces while taking in sensual triggers. More details will be released shortly!

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