The festival’s current director, Paul Tan, also a poet, will be stepping down after this year’s edition. Tan is also deputy chief executive officer of the National Arts Council.
“We look forward to Kai Chai joining the SWF team in December,” Tan said in a media statement. “He is away in Iowa now at a writing residency programme as he is a poet in his own right. We’ll be sharing more details when he comes on board.”
The Singapore Writers Festival will also return to its original venue The Arts House where its events will take place (in the Empress Place Civic District).
The festival has been held on the lawns of the Singapore Management University campus green since 2011.