Accessibility at SWF

Singapore Writers Festival and the British Council are making every effort to ensure our events are as accessible as possible. Deaf, visually impaired and disabled guests will receive a complimentary Festival Pass courtesy of our generous sponsors, Chan Heng Chee and Goh Yew Lin. The Festival Pass will allow entry to over 120 events.


Please e-mail for details.


Sign language interpreters and note-taking services are available over both weekends, 4, 5 11 and 12 November. Should you require either of these services, please e-mail with your name, contact number and preferred programme. As there are a fixed number of interpreters and note-takers, these services will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.


The sign language interpreters will use Singapore Sign Language (SgSL). Audience members requiring this service will be seated in a section closes to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.


Si Ma Guang and the Giant Jar : An Experiential Storytelling Event
Date: 4 Nov, Sat
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Venue: Tent@Empress


Featuring Lee Seow Ser, Hidayah Amin, Tan Ai Khim, Hafidz Rahman


The popular Asian folktale Si Ma Guang and the Giant Jar comes to life in a socially inclusive dramatised reading by authors Lee Seow Ser and Hidayah Amin, illustrator Tan Ai Khim and drama educator Hafidz Rahman. Experience what it is like for the blind to be guided by sound, reading stories with their ears and hands. Watch the tale unfold, experience how the deaf enjoy the story in sign language, and learn how to sign the gist of the story. This session encourages courage, kindness and empathy, and is great for children with or without special needs.


Suitable for children ages 4 and up and their parents.


Guide Dogs are welcome to all Festival events at The Arts House and at the SWF Tent. Please e-mail us three days in advance at if you will be attending the Festival with your guide dog.

Wheelchair Access

All Singapore Writers Festival venues have full wheelchair access. To book a wheelchair space in Victoria Theatre, please inform the ticketing agent that you need a space when purchasing your tickets.


To book a wheelchair space for all Festival Pass and free events, please email us three days in advance at with your name and the programmes you would like to attend.

Sensory-friendly Programmes

A sensory-friendly performance is an arts experience that is suitable for children with special needs of all ages and abilities. It offers a friendly and supportive environment with the following features:


  • A facilitator who understands the needs of the children
  • No sudden loud sounds
  • Free and easy access into and out of the session




The Joy of Quiet Adventures
Date: 5 Nov, Sun
Time: 11am – 11.45am
Venue: Tent@Empress


Featuring Leila Boukarim, Barbara Moxham


Leila Boukarim and Barbara Moxham are the author and illustrator of two books for children, Aiden Finds a Way and All Too Much for Oliver, about highly sensitive children finding their way in a very busy world. Come listen to their stories, learn the value of empathy, and watch as Barbara sketches images from the books in front of a live audience. A great session for all children, especially sensitive ones.


This session is suitable for ages 4 and up.


Shape a Story with Your Body
Date: 11 Nov, Sat
Time: 10am – 10.45am
Venue: Tent@Empress


Featuring R Chandran, Amy J Cheng


Morph into different objects, animals and more using just your body and help theatre practitioners R Chandran and Amy J Cheng to shape stories. Expect fun and dramatic activities that will nurture creative self-expression in this delightful session.


This session is suitable for ages 2 to 6. Parent and child participation.


Please e-mail for details.