Advisory Note for Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

In view of the evolving Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) developments, the Singapore Book Council is working stringently with our programme and venue partners to determine if our events are going ahead. Our programmes featured in this e-newsletter will be taking place until further notice. Follow our Facebook and refer to our website for more updates. 
Save the dates for #BuySingLit 2020!

#BuySingLit is back with a bang for its fourth year running! Support our homegrown writers and embrace Singapore literature! Spend at least $30 on SingLit at #BuySingLit's participating bookstores and head home with a limited edition #BuySingLit tote bag.

Celebrate SingLit with live performances while you bask in the industrial charm of Pasir Panjang Power Station at SingLit Power House. Be thrilled by Glorious, Monstrous, Hantu Tales from Singapore, an eerie supernatural performance that merges film, theatre and Singapore's scariest novels. Step into Modern: Resonance II, and witness three acclaimed artists draw on spoken word, sound, and visual installations to respond to the power station's Bauhaus elements and intimate stories of the community who once lived there.  

There are plenty of exciting events taking place over two weekends. Be sure to check them out here and mark your calendars in March!

Calling for Volunteers!

Sign up to be a #BuySingLit volunteer to experience SingLit in a fun and meaningful way. Glean a behind-the-scenes look at this industry-wide movement to celebrate stories from Singapore!

S.E.A. Write Talks 2020

Perjalanan Penulisanku: Dari Mula Hingga Kini  Pemenang Anugerah Penulis Asia Tenggara (S.E.A. Write Award)
15 Feb 2020 | 4ptg-5.30ptg
Kemasukan percuma
Living Room, The Arts House |

Dalam sesi ini, Peter Augustine Goh akan berkongsi tentang perjalanan penulisannya dari permulaan beliau sebagai penulis muda yang sedang meningkat sehingga menjadi pemenang anugerah berprestij, Anugerah Penulis Asia Tenggara 2018. Kenali kisahnya dan sumbangan beliau yang menjangkau lebih 40 tahun kepada dunia penulisan di Singapura dan Malaysia.

My Writing Journey: From the Beginning to Winning the S.E.A. Write Award
15 Feb 2020 | 4pm-5.30pm | Free admission

Living Room, The Arts House | Map

In this conversation, Peter Augustine Goh talks about his writing journey from his days as a budding author to becoming the prestigious S.E.A. Write Award winner for 2018, spanning over 40 years of contribution to both Singapore and Malaysia’s Malay literary scenes.


My Writing Journey: Writing Great Lit That Entertains
22 Feb 2020 | 4pm-5.30pm | Free admission

Living Room, The Arts House | Map

In this conversation, award-winning author and playwright Ovidia Yu talks about writing in, about, and beyond Singapore, while sharing the routines and rituals of her writing journey that led to her winning the S.E.A. Write Award in 2016.


As a precaution against Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), safety measures will be taken at The Arts House during the S.E.A. Write talks, including temperature-taking and contact-tracing. We highly value the well-being of our attendees. We encourage everyone to practise social responsibility and good hygiene, and to stay at home if you are feeling unwell.

Join the 6th Bai Meigui Translation Competition

Submission Deadline: 15 Mar, 8pm
Brought to you by The Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing, Singapore Book Council and Balestier Press, the
6th Bai Meigui Translation Competition is the perfect opportunity for secondary school students to translate a children’s picture book from Chinese to English. Stand a chance to be mentored by award-winning translator Helen Wang, and to see your translation published in a bilingual edition of the book by Balestier Press in this free to enter competition. You must be a student at a secondary school (or equivalent) and between 11 to 18 years old to participate.

Health Advisory: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

At SBC, we are monitoring the present situation regarding nCoV closely and have put in place measures to protect our visitors, audience and staff at all our events. 

We encourage everyone to adopt good personal hygiene practices and seek medical attention immediately if you are feeling unwell. We urge you to refrain from attending our events if you have a history of travel to mainland China in the last 14 days, and/or if you have been in contact with infected persons. 

For more updates, please refer to the Ministry of Health (MOH) advisories.

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Singapore Book Council (SBC) is a charity founded in 1968. Our mission is to Build Our Imagine-nation by developing creativity, imagination and original thought through writing, reading, illustration and storytelling. We organise literary arts festivals, training workshops and give out awards to recognise excellence in the field.
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