Catch Meira Chand at the Singapore Writers Festival, one of Asia’s premier literary events. She’ll be featured on the following panels, where she will discuss her novels and inspirations, moderate a panel on reading habits, as well as read from some of her works:
[PANEL DISCUSSION] ST CONVERSATIONS: THE RHYME AND REASON PANEL: HEARING THE VOICE OF SINGAPORE
5 Nov, Saturday, 4pm – 5pm, Blue Room, The Arts House
For 15 weeks earlier this year, The Straits Times published a successful literary series called ‘Rhyme and Reason’, featuring prose and poetry writers based in Singapore. What is the Singaporean voice in a country made up of so many disparate groups? What are the challenges and adventures of marketing our literature overseas?
Featuring: Eric Tinsay Valles, Meira Chand, Koh Buck Song, Huzir Sulaiman
Moderator: Akshita Nanda
PANEL DISCUSSION] MEMORY IN POST-WAR NARRATIVES
6 Nov, Sunday, 11.30am – 12.30pm, Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM
What do we choose to remember and forget when it comes to documenting the aftermath of war through fiction? How might post-war trauma be recounted in fictional narratives? These three writers probe the question of national memory, examining it under the light of accuracy, and discuss their creation of works set during the times of post-war Singapore and Malaya.
Featuring: Josephine Chia, Meira Chand, Tan Twan Eng
[IN CONVERSATION WITH] MEIRA CHAND AND WENA POON: JAPAN IN OUR STORIES
6 Nov, Sunday, 4pm – 5pm, Living Room, The Arts House
Meira Chand and Wena Poon are individually inspired by The Land of The Rising Sun. Exploring cultural identity and dislocation, five of Chand’s eight novels are set in Japan, while Poon’s trio of Pacific War novels span Japan, Shanghai and Singapore. As outsiders looking in, these two novelists discuss how and why Japan figures in their works. This session is part of Country Focus: Japan.
Featuring: Meira Chand, Wena Poon
[READING] CROSSING BOUNDARIES II: FOUR MASTERS READ EXCERPTS FROM THEIR WORKS
12 Nov, Sunday, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Gallery II, The Arts House
They are some of today’s most eloquent and garlanded narrators. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri weaves Americana and ethnography in his trans-national verse; The T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Sarah Howe mines familial history and identity in her debut collection; Meira Chand whose bestselling novels which examine the conflict of cultures from the position of the outsider; and one of Singapore’s most respected poets, Boey Kim Cheng explores the spaces between private memory and national identity in his verse and memoir.
Featuring: Vijay Seshadri, Sarah Howe, Meira Chand, Boey Kim Cheng
Moderator: Rajeev Patke
[PANEL DISCUSSION] INCULCATING READING HABITS: LESSONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
6 Nov, Sunday, 7pm – 8pm, Play Den, The Arts House
With the advent of social media, mobile devices and competing demands for attention, reading a literary text is seen increasingly as a luxury or worse, a novelty. Three writers – a teacher-poet from Singapore, a cultural commentator from the US, and a writer from Ghana – compare the culture of reading of different nations, and exchange views on how to cultivate the next generation of readers.
Panelists: Roland Kelts, Mamle Kabu, Pooja Nansi
Moderator: Meira Chand
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