Imma let you finish, but Dune (2021) is the best remake of all time—said no one ever. Are you a firm believer in leaving the classics alone, or a purveyor of having 73541836 Jane Austen adaptations? Eight festival speakers hash it out so that the next time you’re deciding between your purist tendencies and the excitement of a remake, you’ll already know the answer.
A festival O P E N I N G debate plus two co-hos?! Talk about shaking things up!
Writers / Presenters
Adrian Tan is the award-winning novelist of "The Teenage Textbook" and "The Teenage Workbook". His books have been adapted for stage and screen.
Oniatta is an educator with over 21 years of experience in the classroom. A strong advocate of the Arts and an active applied drama practitioner, she believes in the transformative nature of drama, especially with vulnerable communities.
Petrina is a Voice and Public Speaking Coach based in Singapore. She works with top executives to find their authentic voice when delivering keynotes and presentations. She also works with organisations to develop and deliver communication and presentation skills training.
Amanda Chong is a lawyer, poet and playwright who explores themes of gender and power in her work. Her poetry collection, Professions, was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and her poetry is studied in schools internationally.
Joshua Ip is a Singaporean poet, editor, and literary organiser. He has published six-ish poetry collections, edited eleven anthologies, and co-founded Sing Lit Station, an over-active literary charity. His latest book, translations to the tanglish (Math Paper Press, 2021) gathers contemporary and anachronistic translations of classical Tang/Song Dynasty poetry. Learn more about the author at joshuaip.com.
Find him on Facebook at @joshuaipman and on Instagram at @joshuaipwriter.
Lucas Ho is a playwright, director, performer and educator.
Joses Ho is a scientist, poet, and pro-wrestler. He tracks emergent COVID-19 mutations across the globe by day. As performer, he has been featured in Sing Lit Body Slam (the world's first spoken-word / pro-wrestling show), Spoke and Bird, and the Singapore Writers' Festival (2015, 2016, 2019). His fiction can be found at Nature Futures and LabLit. His poetry is published in QLRS, LONTAR, and various SingPoWriMo anthologies. His poetry manuscript was shortlisted for the 2019 Manuscript Bootcamp organised by Sing Lit Station. You can locate him at www.josesho.com.