We're throwing it back with the literary musical compilation of your dreams. We ask 20 writers to take us through every year of the 80s and 90s, complete with cover band accompaniment. Come for the A side, stay for the B.
6 Nov, 7pm – 8pm
Wong Hong Mok
7 Nov, 7pm – 8pm
Yong Shu Hoong
13 Nov, 7pm – 8pm
Jennifer Anne Champion
14 Nov, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Yeow Kai Chai
Writers / Presenters
Marc Nair is a poet who works at the intersection of art forms. He is currently pursuing projects that involve film and creative non-fiction. His work revolves around the ironies and idiosyncrasies of everyday life. He has published ten collections of poetry.
Wong Hong Mok is a xinyao singer-songwriter, music producer, and professional photographer. Since 1984, Wong has written nearly 80 songs, and produced three albums and two music DVDs. In 2012, he started conducting singing and songwriting classes, and published his first biography featuring a collection of his prose, music and photography. That year, he also presented his first solo concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall. In 2014, he published his second book The Wonder of Life.
Born in Chennai, Shivram Gopinath is a poet who calls Singapore a home. His work has been heard at Singapore Writers Festival, Borobudur Cultural and Writers Festival, Jaipur Literary Festival and more. He is a twice-winning National Poetry Slam champion, and currently the Creative Director of UltraSuperNew Singapore.
Jennifer Anne Champion is a poet, archivist and educator. She was Singapore's poet-in-residence at the National Centre of Writing, Norwich, UK in 2021 where she worked on embroidered poetry. Jennifer is the author of two collections of poetry – A History of Clocks (Red Wheelbarrow Books, 2015) and Caterwaul (Math Paper Press, 2016).
Yong Shu Hoong has authored six poetry collections including most recently, Right of the Soil (2018). His collections, Frottage (2005), and The Viewing Party (2013), both won the Singapore Literature Prize. He is one of the four co-authors of The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) and Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016).
Diana Rahim is an editor, writer, and occasional visual artist currently working in a non-profit organisation. Her present work across mediums have focused on the politics of public space, the human experience and relationship with the environment, and issues pertaining to Muslim women in Singapore.
A veteran cross-media personality, Danny is an award-winning multi-hyphenate with three decades of rich experience in television, events, and theatre. He has published five books in two languages including 唱所欲言、伟言耸听 (Page One’s Bestseller 2007) and 扬声堂 (Best Cover Design at Singapore Book Awards 2017).
A celebrated Malay singer, performer, and educator, Asnida Daud has wowed audiences since her television debut at 17. In the 90s, her singing and theatre performances brought her to international festivals in Bali, Hong Kong, and Brunei Darussalam. Today, Asnida is an educator and Senior Specialist with the Ministry of Education. Through creating resources for schools and award-winning television shows, she embodies her belief that the Malay language plays a crucial role in understanding Malay heritage and culture.
Samuel Lee is the author of A Field Guide to Supermarkets in Singapore (Math Paper Press, 2016), which was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize for Poetry in English in 2018. His work has been published in the Yale Literary Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Singapore.
பிரியா Skillseed சமூக நிறுவனத்தில் வணிக மேம்பாட்டாளராக பணியாற்றுகிறார். மனநலம் பற்றிய விழிப்புணர்வு போன்ற சமூக விஷயங்களில் மிகுந்த அக்கறை கொண்ட இவர், Mental ACT அமைப்பில் Advocacy குழுவின் தலைவராக தொண்டூழியம் புரிகிறார். தற்போது, தேசிய நூலக வாரியத்தின் தமிழ் ஆலோசனை குழு உறுப்பினராகவும், இளம் எழுத்தாளர் வட்டத்தின் செயற்குழு உறுப்பினராகவும் இயங்கி வருகிறார்.
Priya does Partnerships and Outreach at Skillseed for her full-time work. She enjoys being on the ground, advocating for causes that she believes in such as mental health awareness. She is the Lead Activist for the Advocacy Team in Mental ACT. She is also a member of NLB's Tamil Advisory Panel and a budding writer and Exco member in NLB’s Young Writers Circle.
Nessa Anwar is a writer, producer and director for theatre and video. A journalist by day, she has written two full-length plays, Riders Know When It’s Gonna Rain and Rumah Dayak. She is a founding member of playwright collective Main Tulis Group and co-founder of theatre collective Rupa co.lab.
Vanessa Victoria is a performance poet and visual artist afraid of her own art. Her writing has been notably featured in PRESS: 100 Love Letters, EXHALE: an Anthology of Queer Singapore Voices Vol 1, Limp Wrist (Facades LP 2017), and performed at Singapore Biennale 2014, amongst others. Her work draws from her experiences as a community organiser, an active member of the hardcore punk scene and compulsive interest hopping.
Chairul Fahmy Hussaini, also known by his pen name Alang Budiman, is an award-winning writer, poet and journalist. Over the years, he has won several literary awards, with selected works featured in numerous anthologies. He was featured in numerous literary festival as one of Singapore’s finest writers – including Singapore Writers Festival, National Poetry Festival and Nusantara Poets Meet (Pertemuan Penyair Nusantara). He is currently Assistant to Editor, Berita Harian, Singapore Press Holdings.
A four-time Taiwan Golden Melody Best Lyricist Award nominee, Xiaohan won seven Best Lyricist awards at the Singapore Hit Awards, and has written over 400 works for A-list singers in the region. Xiaohan has a PhD in Virology, and is also an author of six Chinese books, a columnist for Lianhe Wanbao, and an educator.
Felix Cheong is the author of 20 books across different genres, from poetry to children's picture books. Over the past three years, he has also written two libretto and collaborated with musicians. In 2000, he was conferred the Young Artist Award. He holds a Masters in Creative Writing and is an adjunct lecturer.
Yeow Kai Chai is a poet, fiction writer, and editor. He has three poetry collections, One to the Dark Tower Comes (2020), Pretend I’m Not Here (2006), and Secret Manta (2001). A co-editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, he was Festival Director of Singapore Writers Festival from 2015 to 2018.
William Beale is an Australian-ish Spoken Word Poet, a ‘boy howling his way into the world’, and the Author/Composer of They Call Us Loud. He represented Victoria in the Australian Poetry Slam 2016, and has performed in the Sydney Opera House, The Esplanade, Ubud Writers Festival, White Night, and more. As a producer of the arts, he co-organised the Malaysia National Poetry Slam, was a former Creative Producer for Slamalamadingdong (Melbourne), and co-founder of If Walls Could Talk (Malaysia).
Yeo Tze Hern is a writer, content creator, and YouTuber based in Singapore. He's a pop culture obsessive who creates memes and commentary videos with his witty sense of humour. He still has no idea what an NFT is and at this point he's too afraid to ask.