World Book Day 2010

April 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm 1 comment

Hwa Chong Institution will be celebrating World Book Day this week with writing contests (microfiction and poetry), wrap-the-door-with-a-book-cover contests, costume contests, and a visit from the National Library Board’s mobile library bus (MOLLY).

We will also be hosting a panel discussion with three published Singaporean authors, on the topics of books, reading, and writing. The discussion will take place on Thursday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the high school’s Drama Centre, and the panel will consist of:

  • Alvin Pang is a poet, writer, editor and cultural activist. Named NAC Young Artist of the Year for 2005, he has also received the National Youth Award (Arts and Culture) and the JCCI Foundation Education Award. A Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program, his writing has been featured in major publications, productions and festivals around the world. His publications include two volumes of poetry (Testing the Silence and City of Rain) and several anthologies, including the urban collection No Other City, Tumasik: Contemporary Writing from Singapore; and the bilateral initiatives Love Gathers All (with The Philippines), Over There (with Australia) and Doubleskin (with Italy). A former teacher, civil servant, journalist and new media developer, he edits a public policy journal, Ethos. He also advises institutions in Singapore and abroad on literary and other issues. He is a founding director of WORDFEAST – Singapore’s first international poetry festival, and CATALYST — a non-profit initiative promoting interdisciplinary capacity, multilingual communication, and positive social change.
  • Yong Shu Hoong has published three books of poetry: Isaac (1997), do-while (2002) and Frottage (2005), which won the 2006 Singapore Literature Prize. His poems have been included in literary journals like Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong) and Ars Interpres (Sweden), as well as anthologies like Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W. W. Norton, 2008). As a freelance journalist, his writings have appeared in The Straits Times, My Paper, South China Morning Post and Men’s Folio.
  • Felix Cheong, named by Readers’ Digest as the 29th Most Trusted Singaporean of 2010, is the author of seven books, including four collections of poetry, two teen detective novels and a non-fiction anthology of interviews. He has also written two plays and edited a volume of essays. His latest anthology of verse is Sudden in Youth: New and Selected Poems. Felix has been invited to read at writers’ festivals all over the world: Edinburgh, West Cork, Austin, Sydney, Brisbane, Christchurch, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur, Ubud, Bangalore and Singapore. In 2004, he was nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize and in 2000, he received the National Arts Council’s Young Artist of the Year for Literature Award. He completed his Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland in 2002 and is currently an adjunct lecturer and freelance reporter.
  • Jason Erik Lundberg (moderator), author of The Time Traveler’s SonFour Seasons in One Day (with Janet Chui), and over 80 short stories, articles, and book reviews. His short fiction has been honorably mentioned (twice) in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, nominated for the SLF Fountain Award, and shortlisted for the Brenda L. Smart Award for Short Fiction. A graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and the Creative Writing Master’s program at North Carolina State University, he now teaches English language, literature and creative writing at Hwa Chong Institution. (And maintains this blog.)

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  • 1. Koh Kah Xuan  |  May 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I think such an event had been more interesting with events like these around. Through the events available, we will further understand some stories, and of course, we could also listen to other people’s view of the stroy. The world book day is meaningful to most acute readers I suppose. It has widened my different knowledge for books too.


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