Pico Iyer - Public Talk
Pico Iyer - Public Talk ©

British Council

The British Council along with the Raffles Hotel and Epigram publishers, presented the first Raffles Writer-in-Residence, Pico Iyer, who launched his new book in Singapore in August 2019, with events at Raffles Hotel, Huggs Café and Kinokuniya. This Could Be Home explores Singapore’s heritage through the lens of the future and was written as part of cultural collaboration initiatives for the SG-UK Partnership for the Future.

Below were some public events attended by Pico Iyer during his visit to Singapore

Public Events

An Intimate Evening with Pico Iyer
Bestselling author and essayist Pico Iyer (The Art of Stillness), dubbed "arguably the world's greatest living travel writer" shared his experiences as a globetrotter and a writer in this special session co-hosted by the British Council and Epigram.

Event was held on 16 August 2019, Friday at 7 pm at Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop, 45 Maxwell Rd, #01-01,The URA Centre, Singapore 069118

Meet-The-Author of 'This Could be Home'
Pico Iyer talked about how travel had helped him see the world in a different light, and what it was really like to spend a night at the Raffles Hotel.

Event was held on 17 August 2019, Saturday at 4 pm at  Kinokuniya @ Takashimaya, 391 Orchard Road, #04-20, Singapore 238872

GET THE BOOK: https://shop.epigrambooks.sg/collections/new-releases/products/this-could-be-home-raffles-hotel-and-the-city-of-tomorrow

About Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is the bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including international favourites such as Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk and The Art of Stillness. His books have been translated into 23 languages.

Since 1982, he has been a constant contributor to Time, The New York Times, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Granta and more than 200 other periodicals worldwide. His three TED Talks have received more than eight million views so far. Born in Oxford, England, partly based in California and a longtime resident in Japan.

Iyer graduated from Eton, Oxford and Harvard and is currently Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton.

About the Book

No hotel is as inseparably linked to its city than Raffles Hotel, writes Pico Iyer, arguably the world’s greatest travel writer alive.

Drawing upon numerous stays in Raffles over 35 years and the fast-ascending city all around it, Iyer—a lifelong global soul—reflects on the “Grand Old Lady’s” literary legacy and its mark on writers everywhere. In the process, he finds new ways of considering not just yesterday, but tomorrow. How have Singapore and its white-stucco monument evolved to meet the needs of a shifting world?

In this compact volume, Iyer pulls back the curtains on a personal, thoughtful and surprising look at places we too often take for granted.