Beauty is Power?
DATE / TIME
3 Nov, Sat
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
VENUENational Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
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FESTIVAL PASS EVENT
This session is in English
Communities across time and space have traditionally favoured the physically attractive, so much so that beautiful people often get ahead in terms of romance, employment and social status. These three writers question precepts of beauty and examine the repercussions.
This session is made possible with the assistance of the Embassy of Colombia.
Amanda Chong’s first collection, Professions (2016), was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2018. Her poetry has been engraved on the Helix Bridge and included in the Cambridge International GCSE syllabus. Her creative writing has appeared in Monocle, The Straits Times and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. She is a lawyer who has trained at Cambridge and Harvard.
Photo Credit: Ejun Low
Melba Escobar is a Colombian writer. Her novel, House of Beauty, has been translated in 15 languages. According to The Guardian, “This delicate, merciless filleting of race and gender politics is highly recommended.”Melba Escobar is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Rachel Heng's debut novel, Suicide Club, will be translated in nine languages worldwide and has been featured as a most anticipated summer read by ELLE, Gizmodo, Bitch Media, The Rumpus, NYLON and The Irish Times. Her short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and has been published in Glimmer Train, The Offing, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. Rachel is currently a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin.Rachel Heng is featured in the following SWF event(s):