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

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

Children’s app developer looking for characters & settings from local works


SK Planet, the developer of children’s app Play Doll, is looking for characters and background settings created by local authors and illustrators to be programmed into the app.

The app is suitable for children from 4-8, they can inhabit characters with their faces, set up backgrounds in the app, record their own stories with animations and their voices.  SK Planet is the leading internet player in apps, media and commerce, spun out from Korea’s #1 carrier, SK Telecom.

Come and meet SK Planet to learn more about the app. If you are interested in sharing your works with them, please feel free to bring along your book, manuscript and/or illustrations.


Publishers Writers Network: Play Doll for Story Making

Date: 6 November 2012, Tuesday

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

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

Free admission.


Click here to register.

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(65) 6848 8290

Editors Boot Camp

Editors Boot Camp for Fiction and Children’s Literature Editors

Date: 5-7 November 2012

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: Living room, The Arts House

Price per pax: $200 (lunch and tea breaks provided daily)


Enquiries: Ms Premadevi,, Tel: 6848 8297


A three-day master class for editors of fiction and children’s literature offering in-depth training and exposure to the entire value chain. Learn about acquisitions, writing incisive editorial letters, developing a critical eye, contracts, marketing and distribution. Through hands-on activities in joint sessions and break-out sessions, the camp will hone your skills in developmental editing, proof-reading and crafting eye-catching blurbs. Singaporean participants in the camp will also have an opportunity to be selected to continue on a year-long virtual mentorship with an international editor or an overseas attachment in an international publishing house.

About the Trainers

Children’s Literature Editor

Cheryl Klein is the Executive Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. She received her B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota in 2000. Books she has edited include Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork, winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Medal; A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, winner of the ALA’s inaugural William C. Morris Award for a Young Adult Debut novel; Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy, winner of the Christopher Award, and an Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids selection on “The Today Show”; and The Snow Day by Komako Sakai, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Cheryl published a collection of her speeches on writing, Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, in March 2011.  She also served as the continuity editor on the last two Harry Potter books. Please visit her editorial website at

Fiction Editor

Francesca Main graduated from the University of Warwick in 2002 and began her publishing career with an internship at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency before joining Penguin Books UK.  There, she worked in the editorial department at the Hamish Hamilton imprint, which publishes such writers as Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Alain de Botton and Paul Theroux.  She became a Commissioning Editor for Simon & Schuster UK in 2007, where she acquired, edited and published literary and commercial fiction, including novels by Monique Roffey, Edward Hogan, Mark Watson, Neil Cross and Penny Hancock.

Francesca joined Picador as Editorial Director in 2011, on the eve of the imprint’s 40th anniversary.  She publishes literary fiction with a broad appeal, and is particularly focused on acquiring new writers for the list.  As a result, she is working with a number of debut novelists whose first books will hit the shelves in 2013.

In February 2011, Francesca was selected by the British Council to participate in a UK editors’ tour of China, meeting writers, publishers and translators in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.  She has also been guest editor for the Geneva Writers’ Group, and a guest speaker for the Arvon Foundation, Faber Academy and a number of British universities including UEA, Warwick and Oxford.