SingLit 50: Charting Singapore’s Literary History through the Book Council’s Journal

Panel Discussions


10 Nov, Sat 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


The Arts House (TAH), Blue Room
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This session is in English


William Phuan


The Singapore Book Council (formerly known as the National Book Development Council of Singapore) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. It has documented the progress of Singapore’s literary scene via its publications such as Singapore Book World and Singapore Books in Print since 1970. Find out more about how the scene has changed and the Book Council’s milestones in this panel. 

This session is co-presented with the Singapore Book Council.


Goh Eck Kheng


Goh Eck Kheng acquired wide publishing experience in Eastern Universities Press and the Times Group before setting up Landmark Books in 1987. He has produced many outstanding books and won numerous awards for content and design. He is a keen photographer and potter. He is also the chairman of the Speak Good English Movement and participates in a volunteer children’s reading programme at one-room HDB flats.

Koh Tai Ann


Koh Tai Ann is Professor and Senior Associate at the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. She has published extensively on the arts, culture and literature of Singapore, most recently in The State & the Arts in Singapore: Policies and Institutions (2018), and edited Literature, a book introducing the literatures of Singapore (2018) which includes her chapter, “First Language, Second Tongue: Singapore Literature in English”. Her pioneering, comprehensive, up-to-date digital Annotated Bibliography of Singapore Literature in English has attracted over 36000 user- visits world- wide at   

R Ramachandran was the executive director of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS). He was formerly the deputy chief executive of the National Library Board and the director of National Library Singapore. He was the first secretary-general of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians, and has served as the secretary and president of the Library Association of Singapore. He was also the NBDCS chairman for several terms.