Plenary: Translating Malay Literature

The Singapore Book Council and National Heritage Board Presents

Translating Malay Literature

Menterjemahkan Kesusasteraan Melayu


In this panel, learn about the benefits, challenges, and importance of translating Malay Literature! Is Malay literature only for Malay readers? Why would an author fear in losing his voice in translation and how does the translator balance this with his own style? Find out all this and more.

Melalui pleno ini, pelajari tentang manfaat, cabaran, dan kepentingan menterjemahkan Kesusasteraan Melayu! Apakah kesusasteraan Melayu terhad untuk pembaca Melayu? Mengapakah si penulis bimbang jika suara karyanya hilang dalam terjemahan dan bagaimanakah seorang penterjemah megimbangkan aspek ini dengan gaya tersendiri? Semua ini dan banyak lagi akan ditangani sepanjang sesi pleno.


Date:      7 September 2013   (Sat)

Time:     1:00pm-2:00pm

Venue:   Discovery Room @ Asian Civilisation Museum

FREE ADMISSION! Register at:

*This session will be in Malay


AFCC Call for Papers!

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2014
30 May to 4 June 2014, Singapore

AFCC is calling for papers. Children’s writers, illustrators, preschool & primary school educators, publishers, librarians, literary agents, distributors, retailers, translators, and other media professionals are invited to take part in AFCC through innovative presentations for our four conferences: the Preschool and Primary Teachers Congress, the Parents Forum, the Writers and Illustrators Conference, and the Media Summit.

We are looking for new insights on trends, observations, and developments in the field of children’s content with proposed sessions that will be useful to AFCC attendees and encourage discussion. AFCC is a conference for creative professionals, publishing industry professionals, and media industry professionals, not an academic conference, and all proposals should be targeted accordingly. Your one-page proposal should reach us by 19 August 2013.

Objectives of AFCC are:

i)         To provide the World’s children with quality Asian content for education and entertainment.

ii)        To foster excellence in the creation, production and publication of children’s materials with Asian content in all formats.

iii)       To facilitate access to Asian materials.

Type of Presentations:

         a.          Workshop (180 minutes)

The workshop format allows participants to learn by doing. These should be tailored to cater to intermediate participants.

         b.         Paper Session (typically 1 hour)

The Paper Session allows presenters to discuss new trends and observations. Emphasis should be on practical application.

In order to qualify as a presenter, you should be published or have relevant experience in your field. Proposals should include a session outline and a one-paragraph biography of the presenter.

For further enquiries please contact us at the addresses above.

Rottnest Retreat 2013 – for Children’s Writers and Illustrators

Children’s writers and illustrators are invited to apply for selection to be a presenter  or a workshop facilitator at the 2013 Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators ( SCBWI) West Retreat ( 13- 16 June 2013) on the magical Rottnest Island in Western Australia.

The retreat promises to be an excellent opportunity to mingle with Australian publishers, industry leaders and fellow writers and illustrators.

The Singapore representative selected is expected to either conduct a workshop or give a presentation on their craft or publishing experience. SCBWI West may also be able to help organise media opportunities, and school or library visits for the Singapore representative.

The retreat is co-organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and The Australia West chapter of the SCBWI West. SCBWI West will cover the Singapore representative’s three nights’ accommodation on Rottnest Island and one night’s accommodation in Perth/Fremantle. NBDCS will cover travel costs incurred by the Singapore representative to Perth.
For further information on the retreat, please visit:!/scbwi.westaustralia?fref=ts


Application details:

This programme is open only to Singaporean and Singapore Permanent Residents living and residing in Singapore. Applications from unpublished creators with experience and talent will be considered, but a publishing record will give more weight to the application. Only one person will be selected from the pool of applicants.


Please download the application form here. All applications must reach NBDCS as either a soft copy or a hard copy by Monday, 25 February 2013
(a)    Soft copy submission via email to
(b)   Hard copy submission addressed to Ms Premadevi, NBDCS, 50 Geylang East Ave 1, and Singapore 389777

Catalyst: Releasing New Writing

Wanting to write, but not sure how to start? Stuck in a rut where your writing is concerned? In short, wondering where your creativity has disappeared to or whether you had any creativity in the first place? Relax! Catalyst is here to inspire you!

Established local theatre actor, director and writer Verena Tay will help you perceive the world around you and the objects that surround you in a new fashion so as to fuel your creativity and give impetus to new writing. Whether you are a new or seasoned writer, Catalyst will stimulate your senses and spur you to write text infused with unexpected textures to grab the imagination of your readers.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
•Learn the process of drawing inspiration from the environment and objects found around oneself to write creatively
•Write creatively based on your inspirations
•Receive feedback on how you can further develop what you have written during the workshop


About the Workshop Leader

A Singaporean theatre actor, director and writer for over 25 years, Verena Tay has published three collections of plays: In the Company of Women (SNP Editions, 2004), In the Company of Heroes and Victimology (both by Math Paper Press, 2011). An Honorary Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (Aug–Nov 2007), she now focuses on writing fiction and is studying part-time for an MFA in Creative Writing (City University of Hong Kong, 2012–14). Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light (Math Paper Press, 2012) is her first collection of short stories. She has also edited two anthologies of short stories: Balik Kampung (Math Paper Press, 2012) and A Monsoon Feast (DFP Productions/Monsoon Books, 2012). For more information, please visit


Date: 8 December 2012 (Saturday)

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: ChartNexus , International Plaza

Course Fees: *$75 (early bird registration up till 21 Nov 2012) | *$90 (normal rate)


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Tel: 6848 8297/ 6848 8293

Singapore Literature Prize 2012 Winners

Last week, we organised the Singapore Literature Prize 2012 award ceremony! Thank you to all who attended the event and congratulations to the winners!


English Category:

The Mental Life of Cities (Poetry) by Eddie Tay


Chinese Category:

Hua Shi (Novel) by Yeng Pway Ngon


Tamil Category:

Kavithai Kuzhanthaikal (Poetry) by Ramanathan Vairavan


For the Malay category, 1 merit and 3 commendation prizes were given out.

Malay Category: Merit

Jago Yang Terlupa Dilupakan (Short Stories) by Ahmad Jaaffar Bin Munasip



Malay Category: Commendation

Kerana Setitik Madu (Short Stories) by Peter Augustine Goh Mey Teck

Secangkir Ceritera (Short Stories) by Rohman Munasip

Dongeng Utopia: Kisah Cek Yah (Novel) by Yazid Hussein


View the newsletter for more information on the winners!



Publishing Today: Ebook & Print

Join Mahita Vas and Phil Tathum as they discuss the relationship between author and publisher in turning a memoir into an ebook. Phil will address the surging popularity in ebooks as Mahita, author of Praying to the Goddess of Mercy, talks about how her struggle with bipolar disorder translates digitally.

Publishers Writers Network: Praying to the Goddess of Mercy

Date: 4 December 2012, Tuesday

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Earshot, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

Free admission! Register now!

About the Book

A memoir by Mahita Vas, Praying to the Goddess of Mercy charts the author’s journey from chaos to stability. It offers insights into an illness for which there is no known cause, no cure and no immunity. It will inspire and enlighten people with mental disorders and the loved ones who suffer with them. Ultimately, it is about being true to oneself and having the courage to take charge in the pursuit of happiness.

About the Publisher – Phil Tatham

Originally from England, Phil completed a degree in Southeast Asia Studies, majoring in Indonesian literature, before relocating to Southeast Asia where he has worked in publishing for over fifteen years. He established Monsoon Books in 2004 and is on a mission to find new talent and put publishing in Asia at the heart of the literary world.

Monsoon Books: Monsoon Books a Singapore-based independent publisher of English-language books and e-books with Asian themes. Under the direction of publisher Phil Tatham, Monsoon Books has a stable of exciting, innovative and distinctive titles including several regional bestsellers which have been translated into various languages or adapted for television.  Monsoon Books is a member of the Singapore Book Publishers Association and the Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore Ltd.

About the author – Mahita Vas

Mahita Vas was born and raised in Singapore. She struggled with manic highs and depressive lows until she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the age of forty-one. After nearly 30 years of working in advertising and the hospitality industry in Singapore with global industry leaders such as Singapore Airlines, Ogilvy & Mather and Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, Mahita moved to Bali in 2010 where she owned and managed Villa Juno, the island’s first luxury hosted Bed & Breakfast. Her memoir Praying To The Goddess Of Mercy is her first book.

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(65) 6848 8290

If I were a Blue Kangaroo

The Arts House, the National Book Development Council of Singapore and the Asian Festival of Children’s Content Book Club present the Singapore launch of If I Were A Blue Kangaroo.

Written in rhyme with a metre that is just right, If I Were A Blue Kangaroo is a tender story of friendship told by an author who refuses to succumb to the mould that comes with being a stiff, more-boring-than-thou grown-up.

The beautifully rendered picture book begins with the promise of fantastic travels afforded to a blue kangaroo but ends with the most reassuring realisation that no adventure is greater than that of having a friend, making it a perfect bedtime story.


AFCC Book Club: The Singapore Launch of If I Were A Blue Kangaroo

Date: 5 Dec 2012, Wednesday

Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Blue Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

Free admission! Register now!


Free stickers & bookmarks for all children attendees. Buy the book at a special price of S$12 at the Book Club! Original Price: S$15.90.


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About David

David Seow was born and raised in Singapore.. He is the author of 24 well-received children’s picture books, many of which feature his niece and nephews as the main characters. David’s other titles include Theres Soup on My Fly, Blow A Kiss, The Littlest Emperor, and Monkey: The Classic Chinese Adventure Tale. David is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


Tel: (65) 6848 8290