In the Festival's first playground-themed Literary Pioneer exhibition, step into the many worlds that Hedwig Anuar has brought us to, and unearth libraries and books as spaces of literary imagination, exploration, and discovery.
We celebrate Anuar as the first Singaporean director of the National Library, the champion of children's literature, and a pioneer who built the foundations for our modern library system. Her work continues to nurture generations of young readers by making books a part of our everyday lives.
This exhibition is supported by National Library Board as a venue and resource partner.
Explore the 2021 Literary Pioneer Exhibition in person or virtually via our digital microsite from 5 November onwards. Entrance to the physical exhibition is free, but pre-registration is strongly recommended to ensure that you secure a timeslot for entry into the exhibition. Limited slots are available and registration will open on 25 November at 3pm. Walk-ins are allowed if there are available slots for that session.
Writer/Researcher: Charlene Shepherdson
Illustrator: Priscilla Tey
Physical exhibition designer: Wong Chee Wai
Graphic Designer: Practice Theory
Digital exhibition designer: Lim Shu Min
Sound designer: Ramesh Krishnan
Web Development: Mao Yuncheng
Writers / Presenters
Charlene Shepherdson is a Singaporean poet and community organiser focused on language in written, performative and visual forms. She is interested in heritage, technology and creative education. Her poems have been published in From Walden to Woodlands, UnFree Verse, A Luxury We Cannot Afford, SingPoWriMo 2014: The Anthology and The Straits Times.
Priscilla Tey is an illustrator and RISD graduate who maintains a healthy sheep obsession. Her first picture book In-Between Things (Candlewick Press, 2018) featured in The Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly praised her "quirky, ingenious, and highly disciplined aesthetic" in a starred review. In July 2021, she released Twitchy Witchy Itch (Candlewick Press).