A Livestream with Arsène Wenger

For the very first time, world-renowned and revolutionary football manager Arsène Wenger tells his own story. In this exclusive online event, Arsène opens up about his life and unmatched career, sharing vivid tales of his 22 years managing Arsenal to unprecedented success, including winning multiple Premier League championships and a record number of FA Cups.

Live in conversation, Wenger charts his extraordinary career, from starting out in France and Japan, right through to the unrest that led to his resignation in 2018, and his current role as Chief of Global Football Development for FIFA.

This event is not just for Arsenal fans, but football fans everywhere; for management and business leaders, and anyone seeking the tools for success in both work and life. It will illuminate the mystique surrounding one of the most successful and respected football managers, his legendary strategy, and unique vision in the world's most popular sport

The book launch event is ticketed and will be live streamed in the UK. Tickets are priced at $30 per livestream ticket and at $46 for a Book (My Life in Red & White by Arsène Wenger) + Ticket Bundle - available at SISTIC for purchase now!

The live streamed video will be available to view On Demand for 48 hours after the event has ended.

Event venue: Online
Buy Link: https://fane.vhx.tv/checkout/a-live-stream-with-arsene-wenger-12-oct-18-30-uk/purchase?campaign=singapore
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Livestream Ticket: 22 USD

Event start date: 2020-10-13 01:30
Event end date: 2020-10-13 03:30
Custom Event Date(s): 13 Oct 2020, TUE
Custom Event Time(s): 1:30am
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Night Spin 182.7FM (Singapore Writers' Festival 2020)

Ghosts, goddesses, mystics, mountaineers, poets and parley. Every evening, The Arts House transforms into the festival's radio station with a series of podcasts and vodcasts including radio plays by Grace Kalaiselvi, Edith Podesta, and Second Breakfast Company, podcasts by Ryan Van Winkle, Something Private, Malam Seram (KC Champion) and Nyshka Chandran, as well as interviews with festival artists and writers.


Producer: Deborah Emmanuel  

Love Radio goes straight through your heart membrane, melts all the frozen walls, ignites a warm fire in your deepest places. Love Radio comes to life in the darkest of nights, to spark the light in those quivering hands. Love Radio is here in a time of great change, but one thing which never changes - there can always be a great deal more love in our universe. Presented daily by Deborah Emmanuel, with dedications from the listeners.

NOW ACCEPTING REQUESTS! Whatever kind of love you're in, there is a poem for that special someone or something. Let poet and Love Radio DJ Deborah Emmanuel select and perform that poem during the week of Singapore Writers Festival as part of Night Spin 182.7!⁠ Let us know who you are, who (or what) the poem is for and what message you want read out on air (keep it short please! 50 words or less) and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject/heading Love Dedication by 13 October 2020!


Co-curated by Mrigaa Sethi

The anxieties, isolation and limitations of 2020 have forced writer Mrigaa to look inward. With limited access to friends and family, zero means to travel and future planning about home, location and career on hold, she’s left with the questions that are niggling away at her: what’s her purpose, what should she do next, how can she let out the creative spark that’s been needing some channeling. But uncertainty at work and maybe just Singapore keep distracting her. She sees a therapist, journals and does Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. Now she wants to see if a mystical approach may hold some answers. This series of podcasts include anything from prayers and spells to the use of crystals, spirit mediums and lots else.

OPEN CALL: Have you created an altar of seashells and rocks, started chanting, expanded your crystal collection, burnt sage, developed new spells and mantras, picked up tarot cards, or anything else magical to deal with 2020? ⁠If you are Singaporean, and have used new rituals or practices during the pandemic⁠, send us a 60-second audio clip via this form, and you could be featured in this podcast! Selected participants will also receive a $20 book voucher. Deadline: 12 October 2020. ⁠


Producer: Ryan Van Winkle  

A Lullaby from Singapore to the World is a unique nine episode podcast series for the end of your day no matter where you are in the world. The Arts House brings you a tapestry of dreamy soundscapes, songs and soft readings from a selection of featured authors from the Singapore Writers Festival.  

This limited series will culminate in a magical live bedtime performance featuring a soothing fantasia of words, music and visuals.

Producer: The Second Breakfast Company

Featured Artists: A Yagnya, Alyssa Lie, Jaisilan Sathiasilan, Krish Natarajan, Lynn Chia, Rino Junior John, Tysha Khan and Xie Shangbin

The Breakfast Station: Hook and Eye presents a radio play adaptation of four selected texts from Hook and Eye: Stories from the Margins (Ethos, 2018).

From uncertain tensions of a migrant family in Ang Mo Kio, school projects on Syrian refugees, a National Day Parade watch party, and the journey of a wounded migrant worker, these four narratives reflect the self's desire for connection and belonging within a nexus of tenuous relations.

* Special thanks to Epigram Books and Jeremy Tiang for granting permission to adapt “Sophia’s Party,” It Never Rains on National Day (2015).

Selected Radio Plays:

    Margarine and the Syrian Refugee Project
    Sophia's Party
    Rich Man Country


Producer: Something Private Podcast

There are few things as intimate as reading. It’s almost like listening to a podcast *cough* – or maybe even better. Why not both? Something Private Podcast invites local novelist Balli Kaur Jaswal for a two-part special to celebrate all things intimate. Balli is the author of Inheritance, Sugarbread, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and, most recently, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters.

Episode 1 (3 Nov):  

In a modern, but conservative Singapore, what role do stories have to play in helping us understand intimacy better?

We’re joined by Singaporean novelist Balli Kaur Jaswal, on this episode, as she reads a segment of her third novel, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, where the protagonist daughter of Punjabi immigrants encourages her creative writing students to express their innermost thoughts about sex in a safe space.  

Featured on an array of international book clubs (including Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club!), we discuss the role of stories in helping us explore an intimate side of us, in a culture and society that’s “conservative”.

Episode 2 (7 Nov):  

Balli Kaur Jaswal recalls her teenage years in a Singaporean girls’ school, where her teachers worried about the content of some novels she was reading; the cover of the book had a man and woman. How do we educate a younger generation about sex, intimacy and relationships, in a healthy informed way?  

This second part is a deep dive into the personal life of Balli, how her upbringing impacted her understanding of sex, intimacy and relationships, and how it turned out to be such a poignant theme in her book.  

We end off with reading 3 short anonymous intimacy stories submitted from you, to explore what intimacy is like in a post-COVID-19 Singapore.

Producer: Malam Seram and Renta Collective

Malam Seram is a product of DJ KC’s ingenuity in combining digital platform capabilities with creative story-telling specifically on the genre of horror stories. Abdul Karim Sadali, well-known as DJ KC Champion is popular in Singapore and Malaysia for his stories in Malam Seram which has reached as the number 1 podcast in Malaysia. In this special SWF edition, DJ KC will bring to live horror stories adapted from short stories written by Singaporean writers such as Othman Wok, Junaidah Baharawi and Djohan A. Rahman.

The podcast will be in Malay.

Hosted by Nyshka Chandran

Short description:  

A storytelling series where journalist Nyshka Chandran profiles creatives from Singapore and beyond writing their own professions. Sat behind computer screens, they discuss isolation, influences and inspirations in the year of the pandemic.  

Featured artists: Rizman Putra, Shivram Gopinath, Adeeb Fazah & Dominic Nah, Steve Lawler, Eric Foenander, Masia One, Grace Kalaiselvi, Ryan van Winkle, Becca D’Bus


Neighborhood’s producer Aravin Sandran speaks with Singapore’s most exciting singer songwriters in a series of candid and intimate video interviews that touch on their early influences, personal histories and the defining themes of their careers. Writing’s on the Wall takes audiences inside their creative process, providing unique insight into what makes these lyrical wordsmiths who they are and what continues to inspire them today. This five-part series features hip-hop’s new kid on the block ABANGSAPAU, multidisciplinary artist weish of .gif, R&B songstress Sam Rui, pop singer Gentle Bones, and soulful performer Abby Simone.  


In a surrealist courtroom, an Indian woman sues her former employer for wrongfully dismissing her because of her race. But was this a case of systemic racism in the workplace and biased employment practices or is there more at stake? How does one confront racial trauma while activating change?

Angry Indian Woman - The Trial unpacks these difficult but necessary questions for an ethnically diverse world that needs to talk about how race impacts our daily lives. Devised by Grace Kalaiselvi and Aswani Aswath based on stories collected from the community and the creators’ own experiences, this radio drama continues the Goddesses of Words series created by Grace Kalaiselvi, that explores the relationship between the Indian female body and text.  

Director – Grace Kalaiselvi
Playwright – Aswani Aswath
PSM – Shivani Rajan
Sound Designer – Inch Chua
Actors - Sangeetha, Suhaili, Pramila, Karthikeyan and Lina Yu

Written, Directed and Performed by Edith Podesta
Dramaturgy by Stefanos Rassios
Music by Darren Ng

An unnamed woman wants to be a goddess of no consequence so that neither her actions nor her power will cause harm to the world around her. But as she traverses the spaces she inhabits, she discovers that everything in this world, including her own body, is a shrine and sacred, despite the inconsequentiality that society imposes on it.

Inconsequential Goddess; or Sex Equality has a Sexy Quality explores the place of women in Greek mythology as a map to our own understandings of women and their relationships with the environment in the contemporary world. Drawing on the myths of Greek women from Semele to Psyché, this work, an episodic performance poem for radio is written and performed by Edith Podesta, with music by Darren Ng and dramaturged by Stefanos Rassios. Each episode is prefaced by a conversation between Edith and Stefanos in which they discuss the symbolism and histories of the featured Greek myths and their extensions into our understanding of the world today.

Event venue: Online
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Event price: SWF Festival Pass | $20
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Event start date: 2020-10-30 10:00
Event end date: 2020-11-08 10:00
Custom Event Date(s): 30 Oct - 8 Nov 2020
Custom Event Time(s): 10am
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Grace Kalaiselvi

Kalaiselvi Grace, an Intercultural Theatre Institute graduate, is a freelance theatre practitioner. Her creations include Angry Indian Women (2020) and Touch Me Not (2019, Goddesses of Words series with The Arts House) as well as Crocodiles in Kurtas (2019) and The Old Fogies (2018, Esplanade’s OctoBurst). Grace acted in Four Horse Road (2020, The Theatre Practice), Ms British (2019, Esplanade Studio Series) and Precise Purpose of Being Broken (2019, M1SFF). She has directed 3FVU (2019) and The Good Farmer (2018) for TWorks. She also initiated and is part of Brown Voices, a playwrighting collective.

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Lit(e) Snack BAR

We know that the way to a Singaporean's heart is through our belly, but what about our literary stomachs? Try your hand at creating some delicious poems inspired by what we know best, food. If writing is not your thing, fall back to the familiar childhood medium of colour pencils and paper, and share what you think of the poems! Parents and children can create art together, and these works of art displayed at The Arts House throughout the duration of the event. Share your handiwork on social media using the hashtag #litesnack, and stand a chance to win book vouchers for a gastronomical treat.

Event venue: Porch
Event price: FREE
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Curated by Burn After Reading

Event start date: 2016-03-19 03:00
Event end date: 2016-03-19 11:00
Custom Event Date(s): 19 MAR 2016, SAT
Custom Event Time(s): 11AM - 7PM
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Coffee and Haiku Cupcakes

Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee from Kaki Kopi Geng and pair it with a special cupcake from The Ugly Cake Shop! Cupcakes will feature specially commissioned haikus from Dr Gwee Li Sui.

Event venue: Gallery I
Event start date: 2016-03-19 03:00
Event end date: 2016-03-19 10:00
Custom Event Date(s): 19 MAR 2016, SAT
Custom Event Time(s): 11AM - 6PM
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Poetry Palmistry

What to know your fate in love, work or life? Let poets read your palms with poetry to see what the fates have in store for you.

Event venue: Gallery I
Event price: FREE
Event start date: 2016-03-19 05:00
Event end date: 2016-03-19 14:00
Custom Event Date(s): 19 MAR 2016, SAT
Custom Event Time(s): 1PM - 10PM
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