Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics II

SWF Beyond



11 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


The reading tour of the Eye/Feel/Write project continues with six more writers on the second weekend of the Festival. Led by editor Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, the tour takes participants through the Supreme Court wing of National Gallery Singapore, the history and architecture of which has inspired the writers to pen poetry and fiction. Commissioned by the National Arts Council, the anthology Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics is available at the Festival Bookstore.

​Eric Tinsay Valles will be reading on behalf of Aaron Lee.


Please register at by 6pm on 10 November. The tour is limited to 30 participants, on a first-come-first-served basis.



Kirpal Singh


Kirpal Singh is internationally acclaimed as a writer who does not follow in anyone’s footsteps, having carved a creative self which is hard to define. He is a keenly sought-after writer and has appeared at numerous arts/literary festivals around the world. Currently, he is working on a new book of poems, Nestled Dreams, and also a memoir which is going to prove disturbing.

Kirpal Singh is featured in the following SWF event(s):
O Thiam Chin


O Thiam Chin is the author of five collections of short fiction, most recently Love, Or Something Like Love. Thiam Chin was a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2012, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize. His debut novel, Now That It’s Over, won the inaugural Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2015, as well as Best Fiction at the 2017 Singapore Book Awards. His second novel, Fox Fire Girl, was published in March.


Photo Credit: Allan Siew

O Thiam Chin is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Toh Hsien Min


Toh Hsien Min has published four poetry collections, most recently Dans quel sens tombent les feuilles (Which way the leaves fall), a new and selected bilingual edition. His work has appeared in the London Review of Books and Poetry Salzburg Review, and has been cited in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry as ‘the work of an observant traveller and inventive formalist, adept at casual rhyme, colloquial phrasing and poignant structural returns’. He received the Young Artist Award in 2010. 

Tse Hao Guang


Tse Hao Guang is a poet and editor, assembled with parts from Hong Kong and Malaysia. His first full-length poetry collection, Deeds of Light, was shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize. He edits literary e-journal OF ZOOS, educational resource, and UnFree Verse, an anthology of Singapore poetry in form. He is a 2016 fellow of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.

Tse Hao Guang is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Amanda Chong


Amanda Chong is a lawyer trained at Cambridge and Harvard, who writes poems during lunch breaks. Her first collection, Professions, was published in 2016. A winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, her poetry has been engraved on the Marina Bay 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. 

Photo credit: Ejun Low

Amanda Chong is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Eric Tinsay Valles

Philippines - Singapore

Eric Tinsay Valles has published the poetry collections A World in Transit and After the Fall: dirges among ruins, as well as co-edited Get Lucky: An Anthology of Singapore and Philippine Writings and SG Poems 2015-2016. His poems have appeared in journals such as Southeast Asian Review of English and New Writing. The winner of a Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Prize at the National University of Singapore, he is a director of Poetry Festival Singapore.

Aaron Lee


Aaron Lee is a pilgrim poet, writing mentor, community organiser and regulatory/ethics lawyer. His three books of poetry (including Coastlands) are critically acclaimed and he has won many writing awards. He also co-edited several books, including the bestselling poetry anthology No Other City and the new A-level anthology Lines Spark Code. In 2014, he and his wife, the artist Namiko Chan Takahashi, co-founded the Laniakea Culture Collective to champion communitarian values through the arts.

Aaron Lee is featured in the following SWF event(s):


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