'This Could be Home' by Pico Iyer
'This Could be Home' by Pico Iyer ©

British Council

British Council supported the visit of acclaimed UK travel writer Pico Iyer at the Singapore Writers Festival 2019. He was featured in these sessions:

SWF Book Club: Pico Iyer
Date: 3 Nov, Sunday
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Venue: The Arts House, Tribe
Free Event

We ask some of our festival writers to talk about the books that changed the way they thought about language. In this session Pico Iyer speaks on Zadie Smith's Changing My Mind, Salman Rushdie's Midnight Children, Don De Lillo's The Names and D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love..

Beyond Borders, Beyond Words
Date: 2 Nov, Saturday
Time : 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Venue: The Arts House, Chamber

Moderated by Meira Chand
Pico Iyer meditated on the spaces between the spoken and the unspoken while living in Japan, where he had made his home for the past three decades. Reflecting on the concepts of nuance and silence, he spoke on human connection and belonging. Following the lecture, Pico Iyer engaged in a dialogue with fiction author Meira Chand on the confluence of different cultures reflected in their works.

Untold Stories of Places
Date: 2 Nov, Saturday 
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Venue: National Gallery Singapore, Rooftops studios 1 - 4 

Moderated by Gene Tan
Beyond functionality, buildings offer insights on the cities they belong to. What can we glean from the relationship between a city and its landmark buildings? From preserving heritage buildings to enclaves that might soon be demolished in favour of shiny skyscrapers, what do they reflect upon its community?

More information on SWF on https://singaporewritersfestival.com