Read Our World: Getting SingLit into the hands of Children

May Tan, Denon Lim, Vijayanand Thamothran

There are many efforts to inculcate the habit of reading among children, but what about getting them to read our very own literature? Join our panel of speakers as they discuss their initiatives to get SingLit into schools and making local books more accessible to students.

B1, Programme Zone

Knowing Our History Through Children’s Books

Radhika Dhawan Puri, Sim Ee Waun, Josephine Chia

Knowing our history is an integral part of forming our identity and culture as we grow up. Our speakers have brought different parts of Singapore’s past to life through their books. They talk about why it is important to raise awareness about our history and to keep these stories going.

Add to Calendar 09/08/2018 10:15AM 09/08/2018 11:15AM Asia/Singapore Knowing Our History Through Children’s Books

Knowing our history is an integral part of forming our identity and culture as we grow up. Our speakers have brought different parts of Singapore’s past to life through their books. They talk about why it is important to raise awareness about our history and to keep these stories going.

B1, Programme Zone

Is there a Singapore Illustration Style?

Is there a style of illustration that we can call our own? A distinctive sense or aesthetic that is easily identified as “Singaporean”? Or is there a need to develop one? Join a few of our established illustrators as they tackle these questions and more..

Venturing Out: Selling Beyond Singapore’s Market

Small nation, big reach: Each of the publishers in this session has ventured out and found places for children’s SingLit in the overseas market. They discuss what it takes for the local to go global, and the hurdles they have to overcome.

Creating Mythology: Singapore Style

Creating fantasy fiction for young readers is not a stretch for these writers. They drew on the richness of our local myths to conjure up mythological, make-believe worlds. Find out where they get their source of imagination from and how they inject local flavour into their works.

Making a Mark: Iconic Children’s Characters in SingLit

From Sherlock Sam to Danger Dan and Amos Lee, well-told stories leave us with characters we remember beyond childhood. In this session, we have gathered some of Singapore’s notable kidlit writers to discuss how they have created these iconic characters and how they have evolved over the years.

B1, Programme Zone

How I Started: A Writer’s Journey

Emily Lim, David Seow, Shamini Flint

Behind every successful writer is a long journey. Find out from some of our most established children’s writers, as they look back on their first steps, along with the bends and roadblocks, as well as successes, that have led them to where they are now.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 05:45PM 09/06/2018 06:45PM Asia/Singapore How I Started: A Writer’s Journey

Behind every successful writer is a long journey. Find out from some of our most established children’s writers, as they look back on their first steps, along with the bends and roadblocks, as well as successes, that have led them to where they are now.

B1, Programme Zone
B1, Programme Zone

Indie Spirit: How Children’s Bookstores Survive in Singapore

Shannon Ong, Suriya Ratna

The current retail market is tough, but probably even more so for independent bookstores. The speakers on this panel, owners of bookstores that specialise in children’s books in different languages, talk about how they continue to engage their customers and maintain an edge in the market.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 03:15PM 09/06/2018 04:15PM Asia/Singapore Indie Spirit: How Children’s Bookstores Survive in Singapore

The current retail market is tough, but probably even more so for independent bookstores. The speakers on this panel, owners of bookstores that specialise in children’s books in different languages, talk about how they continue to engage their customers and maintain an edge in the market.

B1, Programme Zone

How I Came Up With My First Book

What happens before writing the first word? From drawing on past memories to the practical task of juggling different careers, our speakers reveal how they each took the plunge and put pen to paper for their first book for children and youths.

B1, Programme Zone

Writing For Multicultural Readers

Quek Hong Shin, Rosemarie Somaiah

Though there are an increasing number of children’s books produced in mother tongues or a bilingual format, how many of them actually reflect the multicultural fabric of our society? This panel looks at the complexity of writing for young multicultural readers and how books can help facilitate cross-cultural understanding.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 12:00PM 09/06/2018 01:00PM Asia/Singapore Writing For Multicultural Readers

Though there are an increasing number of children’s books produced in mother tongues or a bilingual format, how many of them actually reflect the multicultural fabric of our society? This panel looks at the complexity of writing for young multicultural readers and how books can help facilitate cross-cultural understanding.

B1, Programme Zone

SingLit in Classrooms: How Three Schools Do It

Teachers from three primary schools show how they have carved out spots for Singaporean stories in their classrooms. This discussion looks at how the teachers have used SingLit to impart both a love for reading and for languages among their students.

B1, Multi-Purpose Room

Cruising In and Taking Off

Karen Lee, Wong Swee Yean

Birds embody the spirit of Southeast Asia – endlessly diverse and brimming with the potential for flight. This workshop takes you on a journey through bird-themed storybooks, with storytellers showing you how to bring out the richness of cultures in our region and make them accessible to young children through the art of storytelling.

Add to Calendar 09/08/2018 10:15AM 09/08/2018 11:45AM Asia/Singapore Cruising In and Taking Off

Birds embody the spirit of Southeast Asia – endlessly diverse and brimming with the potential for flight. This workshop takes you on a journey through bird-themed storybooks, with storytellers showing you how to bring out the richness of cultures in our region and make them accessible to young children through the art of storytelling.

B1, Multi-Purpose Room

Translating Singapore Kid-Lit

Translation opens up the window to different cultures, and this is especially important in a multilingual, multicultural place like Singapore. This panel of translators discuss the nuts and bolts of translating kidlit, and why sometimes it is better to show than to tell.

L5, Possibility Room

Roundtable: How SingLit is Used from Preschools to Primary Schools

Ginia Ng, Seetha Lakshmi, Tan Chee Lay, Mohd Mukhlis Bin Abu Bakar

In this special roundtable discussion, we have gathered experts and practitioners working in mother tongue language education. They will discuss how SingLit is used in language acquisition as children move from preschools to primary schools, and how the transition can be facilitated further.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 02:45PM 09/07/2018 04:15PM Asia/Singapore Roundtable: How SingLit is Used from Preschools to Primary Schools

In this special roundtable discussion, we have gathered experts and practitioners working in mother tongue language education. They will discuss how SingLit is used in language acquisition as children move from preschools to primary schools, and how the transition can be facilitated further.

L5, Possibility Room

Giving a Voice: Inclusivity in Singapore’s Kid-Lit

At first glance, these speakers write for very different audiences, be it creating female heroines or understanding those with special needs. However, they are united in making these less represented groups more visible. Departing from singular perceptions of children's literature, they explain why no two audiences are the same, and how their unique traits can be moulded into strengths.

The full schedule and details to come in July.