Singapore Writers Festival 2016
Access Programmes at the Singapore Writers Festival 2016 ©

Singapore Writers Festival

The British Council and the Singapore Writers Festival presented an access programme at the festival by introducing sign language interpretations for hearing impaired participants at selected events. 

Inclusion, diversity and equality are at the core of the British Council’s cultural relations aims and part of building trust, respect and understanding between the UK and Singapore. 

This year we partnered with the Singapore Writers Festival to present an inaugural access programme at the festival by introducing sign language interpretations for hearing impaired participants at selected events and by providing them with complimentary Festival passes to allow entry into the events. 

The following programmes were made accessible with sign-language interpretation:

5 November -Football Nation 

11.30 am at Asian Civilisation Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium

5 November - Europe's Migrant Crisis
2.30 pm at Asian Civilisation Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium

6 November - Webcomics: The Death of the Newspaper Comics?
11.30 am at The Arts House Blue Room

6 November - Funny Sonnets with Philip Terry
4.00 pm at The Arts House Screening Room

12 November - Adeline Foo & Stephanie Wong present Weird and Wonderful Creatures
11 am at Empress Lawn, SWF Tent

12 November - Unravelling the US Presidential Election
7.00 pm at The Arts House Playden

12 November - Creating a Society of Empathy
11.30 am at National Gallery Auditorium

12 November - Privacy versus Surveillance: What The Panama Papers Mean for Everyone in the 21st Century
4.00 pm at Victoria Theatre

13 November - Children Born in the 1980s: Emerging Adulthood or Extended Adolescence?
11.30 am at Asian Civilisation Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium

13 November - Two Comic Icons: Gosho Aoyama Chats with Sonny Liew
2.30 pm at The Arts House Chamber

13 November - Eka Kurniawan, Man Tiger of Asia
4.00 pm at Asian Civilisation Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium

More information on the festival:

Philip Terry

Philip Terry is currently Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Essex. Among his books are the lipogrammatic novel The Book of Bachelors, a translation of Raymond Queneau’s last book of poems Elementary Morality, and the poetry volumes Oulipoems and Shakespeare’s Sonnets. His novel tapestry was shortlisted for the 2013 Goldsmith’s Prize. Dante’s Inferno, which relocates Dante’s action to current day Essex, was published in 2014, as well as a translation of Georges Perec’s I Remember. A new volume of poetry, Quennets, was published by Carcanet in 2016.  

Reading: If Music Be The Food of Love, Play On!
4 Nov, Fri 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM 
The Arts House, Chamber 
Free Event

Workshop:Sonnets for Modern Times by Philip Terry
5 Nov, Sat 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM 
The Arts House, Living Room 
Ticketed Event

Classroom Series: Funny Sonnets with Philip Terry
6 Nov, Sun 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
The Arts House, Screening Room 
Festival Pass Event


Lyn Gardner

Lyn Gardner writes about theatre for the Guardian. Prior to that she wrote for The Independent and was a founder member of City Limits, the largest publishing co-op in Europe. She also writes novels for children including Into the Woods, Out of the Woods, Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret and the best-selling Olivia series. She has taught and lectured at many UK universities and has an honorary doctorate from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Classroom Series: Theatre Casting:Diversify or Die
5 Nov, Sat 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
The Arts House, Play Den
Festival Pass Event

Other UK Writers at the Festival

Gareth P Jones 
Gareth P Jones is an award-winning author of 27 books for children of all ages. He lives in London with his wife, Lisa and two children, Herbie and Autumn. His books include The Thornthwaite InheritanceThe Considine CurseConstable & Toop, and Death or Ice Cream? He has written series fiction: Ninja MeerkatsThe Adventures of the Steampunk Piratesand The Dragon Detective Agency. He has two picture books (illustrated by Garry Parsons) Are You the Pirate Captain?and The Dinosaurs are Having a Party

Leila Rasheed
Leila Rasheed is the author of novels for children and teenagers, including Chips Beans and Limousines and its sequels (published by Usborne), the Witch of Turlingham series, and the Somerton trilogy (published by Disney-Hyperion USA). She teaches a course on writing for children and young adults at the University of Warwick, and is the director of the Megaphone writer development scheme, which supports British authors of children’s fiction who come from ethnic minority backgrounds. She tweets @MegaphoneWrite and @LeilaR and her website is

 Joanne Harris
Joanne Harris is the author of 18 books, including Chocolat, which was made into the Oscar-nominated film. She is the recipient of a number of British and international prizes. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and holds two honorary doctorates in literature. In 2014 she was honoured with an MBE from the Queen. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and daughter.