Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics I

SWF Beyond



4 Nov, Sat 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


National Gallery Singapore, Level 1, National Gallery Supreme Court Foyer
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This session is in English


Demond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé


How do writers look at the history and architecture of a building, and render it in poetry and fiction? Commissioned by the National Arts Council, the anthology Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics features 12 Singapore authors, who penned ekphrastic pieces inspired by the Supreme Court wing of National Gallery Singapore. Led by editor Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, this special reading tour on the first weekend of the Festival features works by six writers.

Please register at by 6pm on 3 November. The tour is limited to 30 participants, on a first-come-first-served basis.


Aaron Maniam


Aaron Maniam is an award-winning poet, a civil servant by profession, and an educator and facilitator in his volunteer work. He won the Golden Point Award for English poetry in 2003, and his debut poetry collection Morning at Memory’s Border was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2006. Aaron has mentored young writers under the Creative Arts Programme and the Mentor Access Project. His second collection of poems, Second Person, is out this year.

Clara Chow


Clara Chow is the author of the prose collection Dream Storeys (2016). Her fiction has appeared in Asia Literary Review, Cha, Drunken Boat, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Columbia Journal. Her play Birth Days won a merit prize at TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2016. She has been a writer in residence at Toji Cultural Centre, South Korea. In 2015, she co-founded art and literary journal Having started out as a journalist, she still contributes columns to The Straits Times.

Clara Chow is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Daryl Lim is a poet and critic, who studied history with a focus on intellectual history and political thought. His first collection of poetry, A Book of Changes, was published in 2016. Daryl’s work has appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Ceriph, POSKOD.SG, Drunken Boat and Softblow, and his poetry has been anthologised in A Luxury We Cannot Afford (2015) and elsewhere. He won the Golden Point Award for English Poetry in 2015.

Daryl Lim Wei Jie is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Josephine Chia loves to write and has written both fiction and non-fiction. Her writing explores the worlds she knows best: her kampong days, Peranakan heritage, food, and yoga. She weaves these and Singapore’s history into her stories. Josephine has authored nine books, and the sequel to Kampong Spirit, her 2014 Singapore Literature Prize-winning book, will be released soon. She has won literary awards in the UK and Singapore, and has spoken at several international writing festivals.

Josephine Chia is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Heng Siok Tian has published five poetry collections, the latest being Mixing Tongues (2011). She was a fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program in 2000. Her short play The Lift, staged in 1991, was read at the Third International Women Playwrights’ Conference in Adelaide in 1994. Her work has appeared in more than 20 anthologies. She recently completed a commission by Singapore Teachers Academy for the Arts to compose lyrics for use as a pedagogical resource.

Heng Siok Tian is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Nuraliah Norasid is the winner of the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize for her debut novel The Gatekeeper. She holds a PhD in English literature and creative writing from Nanyang Technological University and works as a research associate at the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs, where she studies marginalities and the confluence of religious ideas and secular society. Her writing has been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Karyawan Magazine, AMPlified and Perempuan: Muslim Women Speak Out.

Nuraliah Norasid is featured in the following SWF event(s):


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