Words Go Round 2015

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From 2 to 14 March 2015, the fifth edition of Words Go Round kicks off the year-long Singapore Writers Festival with a whole new host of exciting talks and workshops. It’s a great chance for young literary enthusiasts to explore the world of literature outside the school curriculum. Families can also attend a series of free and ticketed public programmes during Words Go Round.

Here’s the line-up for this 2015 Words Go Round event and do register NOW because seats are limited!

World Lit: Romain Puertolas

Expect an enriching talk with Romain Puertolas – a multi-talented author who was once a police inspector with the French border service, DJ, and singer-songwriter, amongst other professions.  Romain’s debut novel The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe tells the tale of a fakir’s journey from a small village in India to Paris in search of a new bed of nails. Hear from Romain as he shares his adventures and inspiration behind this bestseller. (A fakir is a religious man who lives largely on alms)

  • Date: 4 March 2015 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Venue: The Arts House, Living Room (1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429)
  • Session in English.  Suitable for all ages
  • Free admission with registration.  Register HERE

World Lit: Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Kosal Khiev

Join poet, tattoo artist and survivor of the US prison system, Kosal Khiev in this poetry workshop where participants will be able to transform their poetry to performance. What follows will be a series of writing exercises dealing with our feelings and memories of home, work, and your social surroundings. During the workshop participants will be asked to reach back into their past, pull from their present lives and possibly reimagine a new future.

Kosal is an award-winning poet whose documentary “Cambodian Son”, featuring his story and journey from prisoner to world class poet, won the “Best Documentary Award” at the 2014 CAAMFest in San Francisco.

  • Date: 5 March 2015 (Thursday)
  • Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Venue: The Arts House, Council Room (1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429)
  • Session in English.  Suitable for all ages
  • Ticketing: S$15 | S$10 (Concession for students, senior citizens and NSFs).  Purchase tickets HERE

Workshop: Fun with Opera by Susanna Goho-Quek

Join experienced artist Susanna-Goho-Quek for an interactive session as she reveals the dramatic delights of Chinese opera through a riveting tale based on Fun at the Opera.

With numerous art exhibitions in Malaysia and Singapore under her belt, as well as illustrations for several books, Susanna brings with her a wealth of experience that will inspire even the little ones.

Children can expect a fun time of reading, singing, colourful opera costumes, beating drums, clashing cymbals and a chance to exercise their creativity by colouring their very own opera masks!

  • Date: 7 March, 2015 (Saturday)
  • Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Venue: The Little Arts Academy (1 Selegie Rd, Singapore 188306)
  • Session in English.  Suitable for children aged 4-9 years
  • Free admission with registration:  Please email [email protected] with the name of the parent/caregiver, name of child and contact number.

Storytelling: Forest Fables by Kamini Ramachandran

Be prepared to be captivated by professional storyteller Kamini Ramachandran as she takes children aged 4 to 9 years on a rollicking journey to a fantastical world where animals speak and tricksters rule. Through this children will learn to trigger their imaginative young minds and develop listening skills.

The producer of World Storytelling Day and resident storyteller at The Esplanade for Octoburst Children’s Festival, Kamini works extensively with parents and educators of young children. She is also the co-founder of MoonShadow Stories and the Artistic Director of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival.

  • Date:14 March, 2015 (Saturday)
  • Time: 2.30pm to 3pm
  • Venue: The Little Arts Academy (1 Selegie Rd, Singapore 188306)
  • Session in English.  Suitable for children aged 4-9 years
  • Free admission with registration:  Please email [email protected] with the name of the parent/caregiver, name of child and contact number.

Words Go Round 2015 Open House

Students from ages 15 to 18 can look forward to an enriching full-day event which brings together budding young writers and readers with a passion for writing and literature. Celebrate the beauty of words and participate in engaging talks and workshops by notable figures in the industry. Some names to look out for include Singaporean author Catherine Lim, poet and Singapore Writers Festival 2015 director Yeow Kai Chai, as well as screenwriter/director Lee Thean-jeen, known for his work on MediaCorp Channel 5’s legal drama, ‘The Pupil’ and ‘Code of Law’.

  • Date: 7 March 2014, Saturday
  • Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • Venue: The Arts House (1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429
  • Target Audience: S3 – JC2 (15 to 18 year olds)
  • Fee: $20 per student (includes lunch and a snack pack)
  • For more information, please visit Words Go Round Open House
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Singapore and International authors attending Words Go Round 2015


For more information on Words Go Round and the latest programme details, please visit WORDS GO ROUND



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