The Arts Open House - Talks
A Deeper, Truer Speech: Language at the Intersection between Literature and Film (Talk\Film & Literature)
By Ian Tan \ Screening Room \ 2pm – 3pm
This workshop will explore the relationship between literature and film, particularly on how film can be used to illuminate poetic themes, and how poetic language can allow us to appreciate the power of film. Ian will first do a reading and a brief interpretation of John Donne's Holy Sonnet Death Be Not Proud, illustrating some of the poem's themes. He will next explore how the sonnet is used in the film Wit by playing selected scenes in the film and provide a brief commentary on them. Thereafter to illustrate how the poem and film interact, he will read selected sections of an essay he was written, which argues that literature and film mutually enrich the other, by presenting a view of literary language, which is grounded in life-affirming expression and intersubjectivity.
Ian will elicit opinions and ideas from participants throughout the session. Participants will take away with them a deeper understanding of how the medium of literature and film can interact and be complementary to our comprehension of deep human concerns.
About Ian Tan
Ian is an educator at Raffles Institution where he teaches Literature. He is interested in the relationship between literature, philosophy and film, and has written extensively on those topics. His essays on film and philosophy have been published inSenses of Cinema and Offscreen (forthcoming). He has published student guidebooks on The Chrysalids, a science-fiction novel by John Wyndham and Here and Beyond, a short story anthology.
Changing Times – Singapore Stories (Talk\Singapore Stories)
By Readers’ Club Vasagar Vattam \ Screening Room \ 6pm – 7pm
Join the Readers’ Club Vasagar Vattam in their discussion on how local folklores chronicle changes in social, economic and political outlooks of Singapore.
*This talk will be conducted in Tamil.
About Readers' Club Vasagar Vattam
Chitra Ramesh has written short stories and won prizes including the prestigious Golden Point Award for Short Story. She has been actively participating in literary activities, and has been an active member in the executive committee of the Singapore Tamil Writers Association. She currently coordinates the readers club for Tamil readers known as Vasakar Vattam. Her book Nakaraththin Kathai has been shortlisted for Singapore Literature Prize 2015 under the non-fiction category. She has recently launched her second collection of short stories, Paravai Poonga.
M K Kumar has written many short stories and poems. He has won prizes for his short stories and published his short story collections. He actively participates in literary activities and in the Tamil readers club. He has compiled poems from female poets in Singapore and launched the compilation recently.
Azhagunila is a short story writer. Being an ardent reader, she actively participates in Readers’ Club. She is actively involved in the toastmasters club as well as a skilled public speaker, and is planning to publish her short story collections.
Shaanawas Khan has written about his experiences in the food industry and as a restaurant owner. His short stories are regularly published in Tamil Murasu Sunday edition. He is an editor of the e-magazine Singapore Cliche and has contributed to creating a congenial atmosphere for modern writing in Tamil. He published his short story collections in 2013, and has recently launched his book Ayal Pasi which describes the food tastes and habits of great personalities. Last year, he won the Singapore Literature Prize for his short story collection under the Fiction category.
Rama Kannabiran is a well-known name in the Tamil literary circle. His accolades include the Singapore Literature Prize, Cultural Medallion Award, S.E.A Write Award, and Thamizhavel Award. He is an enthusiastic participant in club activities and has been mentoring students in writing.
M Anandhkumar was the real force in starting Singapore Cliche. He is an ardent reader and actively participates in thereaders club.
Bharathi is a short story writer. She mentors and conducts workshops for young students in the toastmasters club. She participates in Tamil literary activities regularly.