Language and the Refugee Crisis
DATE / TIME
3 Nov, Sun
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
VENUENational Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
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This session is in English
How can language inspire more positive perspectives when it comes to discussions of refugees, asylum seekers and humanitarian assistance? Can empathy for fictional characters translate to a more compassionate view of the refugee crisis today? And can fiction translate to action?
This session is made possible with the assistance of the High Commission of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018, the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, two Atlantic Book Awards, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, and was on the long-list for the Aspen Words Literary Prize 2019. It is currently being translated into several languages. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Visit her at: sharonbala.com
Photo credit: Nadra Ginting
Chris Riddell is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for The Observer. His books have won a number of major prizes, including an unprecedented three CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals in 2001, 2004, and 2016. Chris was honoured with an OBE for services to illustration and charity in 2018.Chris Riddell is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Malaysia - Singapore
Huzir is a playwright and Joint Artistic Director of Checkpoint Theatre, staging original Singapore plays since 2002. He teaches playwriting at the National University of Singapore. Work includes: Displaced Persons’ Welcome Dinner (2019), The Last Bull: A Life in Flamenco (2016), and the upcoming The Nuclear Family (March 2020).Huzir Sulaiman is featured in the following SWF event(s):