About This Project
For three days in October (Oct 10th to 12th, 2014), sixteen Singapore writers will converge on New York City to share their exciting works. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear and engage with the most distinctive voices of the island-state, which celebrates its 50th year of independence next year. The Singapore Literature Festival will help deepen the dialogue between East and West, between Asia and America.
The festival will take place in various locations around New York City including 92nd Street Y, NYU Writers House, Book Culture, and McNally Jackson.
10 Singaporean fiction writers, poets, playwrights, and storytellers will be flying into NYC from halfway across the world, and they will be joined by 6 other Singaporean writers based in the USA. Here are the writers who are participating (current as of 7/1/14): Alfian Sa'at, Alvin Pang, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Christine Chia, Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo, Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma, Jason Erik Lundberg, Joshua Ip, Kirstin Chen, Ovidia Yu, Pooja Nansi, Tania De Rozario, Verena Tay, and Wena Poon.
We need your support to make this dream come true. We are a group of volunteers, Singaporean writers and creatives who are proud to call New York City home. We have secured sponsorship for the costs of mounting the festival. The writers have received partial funding for their airfare and are willing to make up the difference, even if it means crashing on someone’s couch. As the organizers, we want to help our writers by raising funds for them. Your donation will go toward paying the writers. It will also pay for professional video recording and photography, so that the readings and conversations will be preserved and made available for future use.
Make history by supporting this independent literary venture!
Risks and challenges
While the various venues for the festival have been secured and while the writers have agreed to appear, some risks remain. Nonetheless, we have full confidence that the Singapore Literature Festival will go ahead without a hitch, given the pedigree of organizers and the tremendous support already shown by the respective Singapore, New York and writing communities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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