There’s no French writer more recognisable than Jules Verne. On the 150th anniversary of Around the World in Eighty Days, we bring writers across the hemispheres to talk about the human obsession with exploration, circumnavigation, and daring expeditions. As travel gets faster, space gets closer, and the world gets smaller, how do we collectively recalibrate our global imagination?
This programme is made possible with the support of the Embassy of France.
Writers / Presenters
Koh Buck Song is the author and editor of almost 40 books, including seven books of poetry and haiga (haiku with ink sketches), Brand Singapore (third edition, on Singapore’s country brand) and Around The World In 68 Days (travel memoir and reflections on life from visiting 13 countries). He is the National Gallery Singapore’s Poet-in-Residence 2021-22.
Shivaji Das is the author of five critically acclaimed travel, art and business books. He was the first prize winner for TIME Magazine‘s Sub-Continental Drift Essay contest and shortlisted for Fair Australia Prize for Short Stories.
Julia Billet is an acclaimed French novelist and author of short stories, children's books, and poetry who has written more than 40 books till date. Her comic book, La Guerre de Catherine (Rue de Sèvres, 2012), an adaptation of her novel of the same title, received the Youth Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival 2018 and was translated into English as Catherine’s War in January 2020.