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Writers Festival 2021 bares it all

‘This year’s rather cheeky theme (‘Guilty Pleasures’) hopes to bring about some cheer and laughter to the local and international literary community.’
— Pooja Nansi

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This year's rather cheeky theme is 'Guilty Pleasures.’

More than 140 programs are expected to take place in-person and online for the 24th edition of Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) from 5 to 14 November.

Presented by Arts House Limited and commissioned by the National Arts Council, SWF 2021’s lineup will bring together local and international literary household names covering a multitude of genres: Romance, horror, crime, food, fashion, gaming and science fiction.

“Everyone needs a lighthearted pick-me-up. This year’s rather cheeky theme (‘Guilty Pleasure’) hopes to bring about some cheer and laughter to the local and international literary community. By exploring complicated relationships between guilt and pleasures, we are hoping that these novel pursuits will appeal to a wider audience and signal that the festival is not afraid of pushing boundaries to move Singapore’s literature scene forward,” Pooja Nansi, festival director, said.

SWF 2021 pays tribute to Hedwig Anuar, the first Singaporean director of the National Library and founder of Singapore’s modern library system.

Included in this year’s headliners are award-winning children’s horror story writer, R.L. Stine; T.S. Eliot
Prize-winning poet, Ocean Vuong; award-winning writer of Ms Marvel, G. Willow Wilson; host of Queer Eye and Naturally Tan author, Tan France; critically acclaimed screenwriter and novelist Yan Geling; Bridgerton series author Julia Quinn; two-term US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins; Eat, Pray, Love author, Elizabeth Gilbert; The Perfect Nanny author and Goncourt prize-winner, Leila Slimani; Wayfarers series Hugo award-winning author, Becky Chambers; and creator of acclaimed podcast Serial, Sarah Koenig.

Pooja Nansi, Singapore Writers Festival director. / PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL

SWF 2021 will also pay tribute to Hedwig Anuar, the first Singaporean director of the National Library and founder of Singapore’s modern library system, in its first playground-themed exhibition at the National Library Plaza.

“The festival team is always learning and improving from each edition of SWF, and we are mindful of how we can continue to meaningfully bring together people from all walks of life in their shared love for stories, and to create a memorable and accessible festival experience” Nansi tells Daily Tribune.

For the full lineup and complete list of programs, visit singaporewriters
festival.com. Avail of the festival passes also at swf2021-live.sistic.com.

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