19th Singapore Writers Festival opens in the midst of thriving literary scene

The literary scene is seeing more buzz these days, and the Government has been “very encouraged by a positive trend of attendance at literary events”, said Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, Sim Ann. This is especially so with the entrance of new players such as Sing Lit Station and the National Poetry Festival, which are contributing to a thriving scene, she added.

Sim was speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual Singapore Writers Festival on Friday evening (Nov 4). This year’s festival, which is now into its 19th edition, has the theme ‘Sayang’.

“Literature in its various forms and genres contribute to the stories of nations,” she pointed out, adding that the Singapore Writers Festival has made available plenty of opportunities to fans of the written word to meet the creative geniuses behind their favourite books. It has helped “to place Singapore on the literary world map”, she said. Read more