Find Out What’s UNder the Covers

The word “UNderCovers” conjures up multiple meanings which are explored in this year’s Singapore Writers Festival (SWF).

One of these notions is that of a child lying under the covers listening to a bedtime story. This ties up with a new initiative of SWF 2009 to introduce children’s literature and writers of this genre.

Another would be to uncover emerging literary talents, with a special focus on Singaporean and Malaysian writers, and to provide a platform for showcasing their creative works.

Exploring the supernatural and exposing misdeeds, the theme of UNderCovers also zooms in on the subjects of horror and crime which, “serves as a metaphor for social and humanitarian issues,” according to Mr Phan Ming Yen, Assistant General Manager of The Arts House.

SWF 2009 will span from Oct 24 to Nov 1 with over 100 programmes such as meet-the-authors sessions, book launches and even film screenings. With the aim of reaching out to a wider public and creating a greater interest in the literary arts, notable writers such as Neil Gaiman (The Sandman series, Stardust), Taichi Yamada (I Have Not Dreamt of Flying in Awhile, and Strangers), Qiu Xiaolong (Inspector Chen series: Death of a Red Heroine, A Case of Two Cities and Red Mandarin Dress) and John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In) have been invited to be part of the activities.

In addition to the international line-up, there’ll be a strong focus on Asian works and one of the programme highlights is Singaporean authors. 8 writers: Alfian Sa’at, Desmond Kon, Leong Liew Geok, Ng Yi-Sheng, Alvin Pang, Adrian Tan, Teng Qian Xi and Ovidia Yu, all from different backgrounds and generations, will expound on Singapore’s prominent tourist icon in Dissecting the Merlion.

Watch this space for more as we dive under covers at SWF 2009.

About Shermaine Yeo

Shermaine is a myriad of things exploding in one human body, topped off with a girl-next-door face. Effectively bilingual in both English and Mandarin, as she’d like to think, this former Chinese literature student never fails to be amazed at the rich 5,000-year history of Chinese culture. She dreams of going back to when poets used to sit at pavilions and languidly pen phrases illustrating the picturesque scenery or romantic ambience, accompanied by the sound of rivers flowing. A helpless romantic, she aspires to do a double major in English literature and Chinese literature and become a lyricist. If she dares be bolder in her dreams, the violinist and former yangqin player in her school’s Chinese orchestra, would prefer to be a music producer, completing the magic of a beautiful set of lyrics. For now, UrbanWire is where she’ll make her inscriptions. To Shermaine, life is very much like a poem, where emotions run deep as you dance to the irregular cadence of the bittersweet flavours.