City Hall: If Walls Could Talk in Verse

City Hall: If Walls Could Talk in Verse



9 Nov, Sat 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


National Gallery Singapore, Courtyard
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Free Event


This session is in English


Ow Yeong Wai Kit


Explore Singapore’s past with six poets as they reimagine stories of the City Hall in the island’s official languages. As the nation commemorates a historical milestone, the featured poets seek to uncover a lost or forgotten cultural treasure trove as they gain a greater understanding of the conserved monument’s rich history. Audience members are invited to set off on their own journey to mine their own past, consider facets of their identity and consider how integral civic culture, as represented by the City Hall, is to the island’s flourishing.

This session is co-presented with Poetry Festival Singapore, in conjunction with City Hall: If Walls Could Talk, an exhibition by National Gallery Singapore.


Tse Hao Guang


Tse Hao Guang (謝皓光) is a Singaporean 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 is a 2016 fellow of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, and the 2018 National Writer-in-Residence at Nanyang Technological University. He has things in Hotel, Asian American Writers' Workshop, Sand Journal, AJAR, High Chair, Entropy, Third Coast, and Prairie Schooner. The new work-in-progress is tentatively titled I get buzzed seeing your hand's just left.

Photo credit: Jon Gresham

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

Crispin Rodrigues’ poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction have appeared in Kepulauan, From Walden to Woodlands, A Luxury We Must Afford, and more, along with online journals such as The Kindling, The Tiger Moth Review and SOFTBLOW. He is the author of two poetry collections, Pantomime and The Nomad Principle, both published by Math Paper Press. He is currently working on his third poetry collection as well as an online anthology of poems and flash fiction about Yishun.

Photo credit: Jared Ho

Crispin Rodrigues is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Low Kian Seh


Low Kian Seh is a chemistry teacher by occupation and writes poetry as a preoccupation. For the love of the craft, he makes time to write, despite being a busy civil servant and father-of-three. His works have been published in various anthologies, and he hopes to have a poetry book to his name someday.

Aisyah Lyana


Aisyah Lyana, 22, co-commissioned the theme poem, "Genggaman Sayang" for SWF 2016. She attained Honourable Mention for Impian Harimau, Taman Tembok & Kakitangan at Golden Point Award 2013 & 2017. In 2017, Aisyah co-founded Kelana Pantun Temasek to preserve the traditional Malay pantun among youths through workshops and performances for the public. Aisyah expanded her knowledge on pantun and cerpen at the 2018 MASTERA conferences in Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia. Currently, Aisyah is majoring in Global Studies with a minor in Malay Studies at NUS.


Aw Seow Pooi was born in Ipoh, Malaysia, and won the Singapore National Poetry Competition Award, the Singapore Youth Chinese Poetry Award, the Golden Point Chinese Poetry Award, the Penang National Chinese Mini Novel Competition Award, the East Malaysia Sarawak Miri (Haima) Prose Award, among others. Aw's work is published in newspapers and literary journals in Singapore, Malaysia, China and Taiwan.

Aw Seow Pooi 歐筱佩 is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Moorthiappan Bharathi's bio is to be added. 


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