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#BuySingLit 2019

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#BuySingLit goes bigger to promote
Singapore Literature in 2019

Grab lunch and bond over Singaporean literature with a writer or get snippets of SingLit on-demand from a story machine – these are just some highlights of the over 80 programmes at #BuySingLit 2019. The third edition of this movement to promote Singapore literature promises to be its biggest yet, with the addition of an extra weekend of activity that will be held from 8-17 March 2019, which will cast a spotlight on unique programmes offered by various local publishers, retailers and non-profits.

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வாங்க நடிக்கலாம் (Come, Let’s Act)

9 & 10 March
10am – 4pm (both days)
Possibility Room, National Library Building
Free admission
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Come, Let’s Act encourages participants to appreciate Tamil works by local Tamil writers such as P Krishnan, Kannabiran, Latha and more. Using performance techniques, the participants will breathe life into local works by performing them in this 12‐hour programme (6 hours per session).

This programme is in Tamil. More info.


Hello SingLit! x Arts In Your Neighbourhood

20 – 24 March
11am – 8pm
Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium
Free admission
#BuySingLit extends for a bonus weekend in collaboration with Arts in Your Neighbourhood at Toa Payoh! Meet homegrown authors, listen to stories in Mother Tongue and English languages, celebrate SingLit at Hello SingLit! and discover a wide selection of children’s SingLit books, perfect for ages 4 – 12. Show us how much you know about SingLit with our Hello SingLit Quiz and win prizes! More info.


Pisang Popular — A Malay Pop Up Theatre Performance For Pre-Schoolers

15 March
10am – 10.45am | 11am – 11.45am | 1pm – 1.45pm | 2pm – 2.45pm | 3pm – 3.45pm
Kaw Kaw SG Restaurant
$10 per pax
Register here

Pisang Popular

The story that will be staged is Pisang Popular (The Popular Banana) from the Siri Bacaan Cekap Kanak-kanak (Confident Reader Series). Children will get to meet life-sized banana characters from the book and interact with them on-stage through role-playing. They will play word games, find out the different types of bananas used for different dishes, and learn simple Malay phrases while helping the banana characters solve their problem.

This performance will be performed in Malay. More info.


Creating A Fictional Universe

16 March
10.30am – 1.30pm
$15 (includes a copy of Nightmare on Eat Street)
Modelmaking materials and paint provided
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Dive into the weird and wonderful mind of author, illustrator, artist, sculptor and creator David Liew. Where do the ideas for his quirky Nightmare on Eat Street characters – Zombie Kroobi, Crankshaft (haunted suit of armour), Rufus the Werewolf, Dribbl the Goblin etc – come from? How does he create coherent fictional universes? Find out as he reveals them. More info.


Warna-Warni Di Taman (Colours In The Garden)

17 March
10am – 12pm
Wisma Geylang Serai
$25 (inclusive of a $10 #BuySingLit voucher and a customised totebag)
Suitable for ages 5 – 8
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This interactive session, geared to encourage children’s curiosity and artistic expression, begins with a storytelling session by author Nur-El-Hudaa Jaffar about a group of small creatures living in the garden. This is followed by Art instructor Nurbakyah Md Shaw teaching participants to decorate their own special tote bags. More info.


我爱阅读嘉年华 (I Love SingLit Carnival)

17 March
10am – 12.30pm | 2pm – 5pm
Programme Zone, National Library Building
Free admission
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I Love SingLit Carnival Banner 17032019 Lingzi Media

In conjunction with the Chinese Reading programme in schools, Lingzi Media will invite well-known authors to participate in I Love SingLit Reading Carnival. The activities will include meet-the-author, sharing and storytelling sessions, a book fair to promote local Chinese books for children and young adults and more. Teachers and Parents will be invited. Participants will receive a reading bag. More info.


Legend of Bukit Merah – An Intergenerational Adaptation

9 March
2pm – 2.30pm | 3pm – 3.30pm
NTUC Health Active Ageing Hub
Free admission
Jeffrey Tan, an experienced theatre director, will lead seniors and kindergarten children to explore the themes in the legend of Bukit Merah. Using found objects, the participants will present the story at Kampong Admiralty. More info.


密室逃脱 SingLit Xcape

9 March
9am – 10am | 10am – 11am | 11am – 12pm | 12pm – 1pm | 1pm – 2pm | 2pm – 3pm
City Book Room
$10 (per pax), maximum of 10 – 12 players per session
Each player will be given a certificate of participation and 《他们是不会说的》
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By integrating reading advocacy and language learning into a real-life room escape game, SingLit Xcape provides participants with a multi-dimensional scene to create an alternative reading atmosphere. Filled with experiential activities that encourage active participation, this programme will open up students’ reading space. Through exploring clues and solving puzzles, it will spark one’s interest in learning and reading.

This programme is in Mandarin. More info.


跟着乐乐和佳佳游新加坡 (Visit Singapore With Timmy & Tammy)

10 March
2pm – 3.30pm | 4pm – 5.30pm
Maha Yu Yi, Bras Basah Complex
$15 (per parent-child pair)
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Join us for an interactive storytelling session 《Visit Singapore with Timmy and Tammy》, followed by a tour to the food court or the library with a mission to accomplish. Snap a picture during the tour and post it on Facebook. The top 3 posts with the most likes will win a $50 BuySingLit voucher.

This programme is in Mandarin. More info.


SingLit 好自然 (Celebrating SingLit with Nature)

16 March
Book Fair: 9am – 12pm
Children poetry and sketching: 9.30am – 11.30am
Interactive storytelling: 9am – 11.30am
Poetry and Sketching: 9am – 11.30am
Bollywood Veggies
The programme aims to foster appreciation and love for the arts among young readers, families, teachers, students, and nature lovers. Activities include: poetry and sketching workshop, interactive storytelling, DIY Potting session, children poetry and sketching, farm tour, book fair and more.

This programme is in Mandarin. Registration required for programmes. More info.



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Event Information

#BuySingLit 2019

Start date: 8/3/19 0:00
End date: 17/3/19 23:59