This House Believes that Singaporeans are Better Off With Social Media

SWF Stage

Closing Debate


11 Nov, Sun 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall (VTVCH), Victoria Theatre
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This session is in English


Shamini Flint


Are you “woke” to the wonders of social media? Or do you believe that social media is ruining real-life interactions? Hear from our speakers as they debate the pros and cons at the ever-popular SWF Closing Debate. 

A maximum of two tickets can be collected by each Festival Pass holder at the Victoria Theatre on 11 Nov (Sunday) from 1.30pm on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note that you will need to present your Festival Pass at collection. Entry to the Closing Debate is by ticket only. 


Daryl Qilin Yam is a writer of prose and poetry, the co-editor of the SingPoWriMo anthology series, and an arts organiser at the literary non-profit, Sing Lit Station. Long-listed for the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize, his first novel Kappa Quartet (2016) was published in Singapore and most recently in the UK. He is presently working on his second novel.

Daryl Qilin Yam 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):
Adrian Tan


Adrian Tan’s two bestselling novels, The Teenage Textbook (1988) and The Teenage Workbook (1989), were adapted for the big screen. He is also the creator of the award-winning TV series, The Pupil. He is a litigator at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC.

Leong Liew Geok is the author of two volumes of poetry, Love is Not Enough (1991) and Women without Men (2000). She edited More than Half the Sky: Creative Writings by Thirty Singaporean Women (1998), and Literary Singapore: A Directory of Contemporary Writing in Singapore (2011) for the National Arts Council. She is writing her third poetry collection.



Preeti Nair, better known as Preetipls (Singapore’s TOP everything), has made waves as an overnight Internet sensation with videos ranging from her parody of ‘Orchard Road’s Fashion Police’ to videos addressing serious topics such as Racial Harmony – mainly the misrepresentation of minority races in local media. Her use of humour to tackle such issues has helped pave the way for Preetipls to be known as “Singapore’s Satirical Internet Queen”.

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):
Sharul Channa


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’. 

Suhaimi Yusof


With 30 years’ experience in the radio and TV industry, Suhaimi Yusof is a household name in both the Malay and mainstream channels in Singapore. He began as a part-time radio DJ before becoming a full-time radio broadcaster in 1991 with Warna 94.2FM. He also hosted and acted in hundreds of TV programmes on the Suria channel. He bagged a total of 12 Suria’s Pesta Perdana awards.


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5 Nov, Mon 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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Getting "Woke": Voices of the Youth

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