The Text Has Nine Lives

Conversations  |  General  |  Non-fiction  |  English  |  1 hr

19 Nov Sat, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Festival Pass  - $30
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How many ways can you revive a literary work through adaptation, and what's the secret to finding new narrative forms? It takes a particular je ne sais quoi for a text to live multiple lives, and even more to successfully refresh instead of rehash. We speak to these authors about the act of rendition in preparation for the next time you discover that AI-rendered, augmented reality adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in the metaverse.

This programme is held in conjunction with Esplanade's presentation of National Theatre Live.


Wesley is a filmmaker with 13 Little Pictures and a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts. He is also the author of The Punkhawala and the Prostitute, a finalist for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Wesley's documentary to his novella I Want to Go Home was nominated at the Busan International Film Festival, while his novella Bedok Reservoir was adapted for the stage.