SWF: Singapore’s literary landscape laid bare


With more than 60 international and 120 Singaporean writers, 66 book launches and a colorful program of lectures, panel discussions, workshops, readings and fringe events, the Singapore Writers Festival is making its mark in the literary world, not only in Southeast Asia, but also on a global scale.

This year’s edition — the 16th since it began in 1986 — kicked off on Friday and runs through Sunday, Nov. 10.

“It’s the biggest literary festival in Singapore, and as far as I know, it is the only one in the world with this particular language combination [of English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil], which is very specific to Singapore,” said Paul Tan, the festival director.

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