BOOK LAUNCHES

To Krungthep With Love

24 Sep, 6pm – 7.30pm | Glass Room, National Gallery Singapore | Free admission by registration

Featuring: Pooja Nansi, Cyril Wong

This book launch has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

What better way to raise awareness of Singapore's own literary scene than to spread the translated word? Local publisher Math Paper Press tries a hand at translating Singaporean works into another language, in this case, Thai. These two well-loved authors occupy a literary base that has exceeded their initial calling – poetry. This publication will be a selection of both their works into the language of one of our neighbouring countries Thailand. Thailand is now experiencing a growth in the literary arts that Singapore has gone through in the past decade.

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Pilgrimage

25 Sep, 5pm – 6.30pm | Glass Room, National Gallery Singapore | Free admission by registration here

Featuring: Isa Kamari, Harry Aveling (translator)

Translated from Malay by Harry Aveling, this collection of poems captures Cultural Medallion recipient Isa Kamari's feelings for his faith after his journey to Mecca. Isa uses everyday language to connect with readers as he shares his faith and observations of its practice by others. This anthology offers English-speaking readers an insider's perspective of the faith of people from a different culture and language.

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The Malaysian Chinese Primary School

28 Sep, 5pm – 6.30pm | Glass Room, National Gallery Singapore | Free Admission by Registration

Featuring: Dr Fong Chan Onn, Chan Hui Jun (translator)

In this photo-journal book, Dr Fong Chan Onn portrays the challenging journey of the Malaysian Chinese elementary schools – evolving over more than a century from their humble origins in clan houses, temples and churches to become the present-day Malaysian government-supported Chinese primary schools. Interweaving both English and Chinese, Dr Fong highlights the wide community support, the teachers' commitment and the increasingly multi-ethnic student profile that have resulted from this transformation process. He hopes to give readers the opportunity to appreciate the contribution of the Malaysian Chinese Primary School in educating youths of all ethnicities, its place in the Malaysian school system and its role in fostering trilingual abilities that enhance the country's competitiveness.

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Southeast Asian Plays

29 Sep, 7.30pm – 9pm | Rooftop Studios, National Gallery Singapore | Free admission by registration here

Featuring: TBC

What's a translation festival in Singapore without celebrating the texts of our neighbours? This anthology is a unique collection of plays by eight playwrights, both new and established, from countries in Southeast Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Covering topics as diverse as the global financial crisis, religious faith, the sex trade, corruption and exploitation, these plays provide insight into the differing concerns of those living in a part of the world that is experiencing profound change.

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Justice Bao and the Case of the Missing Coins, The Rock and the Bird and The Nightingale Who Couldn’t Sing

1 Oct, 11am – 12.30pm | Glass Room, National Gallery Singapore | Free admission by registration here

Featuring: Prema Govin

Crimson Earth is a local publisher that publishes Tamil translations of children’s books. In this book launch, it presents three books that have been translated: Justice Bao and the Case of the Missing Coins by Catherine Khoo, The Rock and the Bird by Chew Chia Shao Wei and The Nightingale Who Couldn’t Sing by Angie Featherstone. These books allow a more enjoyable learning of Tamil as a mother tongue through accessible and timeless tales.

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