In All Seriousness

In All Seriousness



3 Nov, Sun 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


National Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
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This session is in English


Shivram Gopinath


As the growing popularity of shows like Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act displays, sometimes the best way to cope with the gravest issues is to laugh. But responding to bad news with humour without compromising the gravity of the situation is a complicated affair. Join some of our festival writers who are blessed with this talent. How do they make us laugh at these dire situations yet make us realise, post-laughter, the full depth of the excrement we're in?

This session is made possible with the assistance of Literature Across Frontiers. 


Sharul Chana


A graduate of Lasalle College of the Arts and the University of Buffalo, Sharul Channa is Singapore’s first Indian female stand-up comic. She has performed at MGM Macau, The Comedy Club KL, Comedy Kao Kao, PJ Laugh Fest 2013, One Mic Stand, The Comedy Lounge in both Perth and Sydney, the George Town Festival 2013 and Weirdass Pajama Festival 2014. She also produced and performed a sold-out two-person show in Singapore titled ‘The Rishi and Sharul Show’.

Sharul Chana is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Colin Goh

Singapore - Taiwan

Colin Goh is an award-winning film-maker, humourist, and the artist/co-writer of Dim Sum Warriors, the graphic novel series about kungfu-fighting dumplings, which was praised by Time, Fast Company, and many others. It was recently adapted into a major musical in China. He also compiled the bestselling Coxford Singlish Dictionary.

Photo credit: Shigemi Iyota

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Inga Gaile is the author of five poetry collections, a collection of children's poetry, two novels, and a collection of short stories. In her works “she explores the inner states of being, her own experiences, everyday lives of women, as well as stigmatized groups of society.” Inga Gaile is the president of the Latvian PEN centre.

Photo credit: Elizabete Lukšo Ražinska

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Parashar Kulkarni is a writer and an academic (Yale-NUS College), interested in religion and politics, and utopias. He has received several awards including the British Academy Brian Barry Prize and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His latest text (fiction), Cow and Company, narrates the decline and fall of the British Chewing Gum Company.


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Festival Pass Event


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Festival Pass Event

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