World Lit: Malaysian Focus - Writers Lat, Dina Zaman and Yangsze Choo feted at The Arts House
Singapore, 10 June 2014 – The Arts House casts the spotlight on Malaysian writers this June in its World Lit programme, headlined by the much-loved cartoonist Lat. Running from 20 to 22 June, the series will also feature columnist turned award-winning writer Dina Zaman and up-and-coming debut author Yangsze Choo.
Held in conjunction with CausewayEXchange (CEX), an annual festival that showcases artists and writers from Singapore and Malaysia with the aim to promote more collaboration across the causeway, World Lit: Malaysian Focus celebrates the best of contemporary Malaysian literature through a series of talks and workshops.
Says William Phuan, Director, The Arts House: “Malaysia is our closest neighbour. We probably know a lot more about the best food and shopping malls there than its culture and psyche. What better way to understand the country better than through its books and writings? We are very excited to hear from Lat, Dina and Yangsze, as they will help us gain greater insight into Malaysia.”
Conceived in 2011, World Lit showcases writers from around the world every month at The Arts House. Previous writers who have been featured include acclaimed author Mohsin Hamad; international bestselling fantasy writer Garth Nix; Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 winner Tan Tuan Eng; and American poet Ryan Van Winkle, among other literary luminaries.
Kicking off the World Lit: Malaysian Focus programme is In Conversation with Lat [20 June, 7.30pm], an intimate session where audiences can discover what makes Malaysia’s favourite cartoonist tick. The three writers will then gather in a panel discussion Malaysia, Kami Cinta-Ku (Malaysia, We Love You) [21 June, 11am] to share writing tips and their observations of the Malaysian literary scene.
Dina Zaman, who has extensive experience as a columnist and whose column I Am Muslim (2007) was published into a book and became a bestseller hit, will conduct a workshop on How To Write An Opinion Column [21 June, 2pm]. She will also discuss her experience of writing her book in Writing About Faith: A View From Across the Causeway [21 June, 6.30pm].
Wrapping up the programme is A Ghost Romance: Tea with Yangsze Choo [22 June, 2pm], where the debut author delves into the alternating worlds of the afterlife and the real world. Yangsze’s debut novel The Ghost Bride (2013) on taboos, ethnic folklores and romance has been a hit since its publication, having been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and Goodreads Choice Awards.
Admission is free to all events by registration at dmr.eventclique.com, except for Dina Zaman’s workshop, which can be purchased from bytes.sg at $10. Please refer to Annex A for the full programme line-up. For updates, please visitwww.theartshouse.com.sg.
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Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore's first Parliament House, The Arts House since its opening in 2004 has been playing an active role in the Singapore arts and creative scene. As a centre for writing, writers and ideas, The Arts House supports and presents programmes and festivals that aim to develop and promote literary arts in Singapore. For more information: www.theartshouse.com.sg.
CausewayEXchange, or CEX, is a joint arts and culture initiative between Singapore and Malaysia that aims to serve as the premiere exchange platform between the arts and creative communities of Singapore and Malaysia. The festival aims to foster greater collaborations among young artists and the well established from both countries. Held annually, the festival celebrates the arts not only by showcasing performances and masterpieces but also giving practitioners and audiences a chance to participate in educational workshops conducted by professionals. Ever since the first festival held in 2010, CEX has successfully commissioned, collaborated and supported more than 150 projects ranging from visual arts to performing arts to mixed media. For more information: causewayexchange.com.