Late Night Confessions: "I Never Told Anyone..."



5 Nov, Mon 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM


Empress Lawn, SWF Empress Tent
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This session is in English


Christine Chia


Great confessional writers understand that their words can be a rich source of redemption and salvation. Through clear-eyed candour and unflinching honesty, they channel their deepest secrets. Don’t miss this nocturnal gathering where eight speakers come clean on what keeps them awake at night.


Catherine Lim


Catherine Lim has published 20 books, including short-story collections, novels and essays. Some of her books have been used as literature texts in schools and colleges. Awards and recognition she has received include the Southeast Asia Write Award, an honorary doctorate in literature from Australia’s Murdoch University, and a place in the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations.

Catherine Lim is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Imran Hashim


Imran Hashim fell in love with France a little late in life (in his teens) but made up for it by studying French with a vengeance at university, and then going on to the Sorbonne and Sciences Po Paris for postgraduate studies on a French Government Scholarship. Apart from providing the inspiration for his first novel, his time in Paris was a period of self-discovery.

Gwee Li Sui


Gwee Li Sui is a poet, graphic artist and literary critic. His verse works include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), Who Wants to Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems? (2015), The Other Merlion and Friends (2015), and Haikuku (2017). In 1993, he wrote Singapore’s first long-form graphic novel in English, Myth of the Stone. He has edited several anthologies and lectured on a range of subjects.

Gwee Li Sui is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Jennifer Anne Champion has been described by poet Cyril Wong as “truly a unicorn” in the Singapore poetry landscape and by Juice Magazine as “gifted with swift, animated style”. She is the author of A History of Clocks (2015) and Caterwaul (2016). She is also a multimedia poetry editor and co-founder of, an online archive for Singapore poetry for schools and the public. 

Jennifer Anne Champion is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Miles Merrill

US - Australia

Hailing from Chicago in the US, Miles Merrill is the driving force behind most spoken word programmes and projects in Australia. He has hosted an ABC TV special on poetry slams, wrote and directed a show for Sydney Festival, performed solo at the Sydney Opera House, and created spoken word festivals like Night Words and Story-Fest. Merrill directs the literary arts organisation Word Travels and is the founder of the Australian Poetry Slam. 

Miles Merrill is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Oniatta Effendi is an educator, a strong advocate of the arts and an active applied drama practitioner, who has worked with residents at halfway houses, juvenile rehabilitative spaces and welfare homes. When not in these spaces, she finds pleasure in sourcing for batik fabrics – she founded Baju by Oniatta, a clothing line dedicated to reinventing the way batik is worn and appreciated.

Oniatta Effendi is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Werner Kho


Werner Kho is currently a student at Lasalle College of the Arts reading arts management. His debut poetry collection, Afterimage, is published by Math Paper Press. His work has been featured in Softblow, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and anthologies such as In Transit and We Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years of Softblow. 

David Wong Hsien Ming discovered poetry as a child at a Sunday lunch. His work has earned an Honorable Mention (2011) and second prize in Singapore’s Golden Point Award (2015), and has appeared in publications like Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Mascara Literary Review. His first collection, For the End Comes Reaching (2015) is a meditation on the sense of loss that accompanies each having. He read philosophy at the University of Melbourne and teaches in a Junior College. 

David Wong Hsien Ming is featured in the following SWF event(s):


Getting "Woke": Voices of the Youth

3 Nov, Sat 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Funan Showsuite, Junction of Hill Street and High Street

Getting "Woke": Voices of the Youth

3 Nov, Sat 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Funan Showsuite, Junction of Hill Street and High Street

Stand Up and Deliver

4 Nov, Sun 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
National Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studio 1