20 Jun

Art, Cocktails and Poems: Read! Fest events you can’t miss

With over a hundred literary events to attend from now till 28 July, Read! Fest is a book lover’s paradise. But if you’re a little overwhelmed and not sure where to start, we’ve got your back. Here are 5 events you can’t miss!

1. Story-go-round

Love drawing? Love books? Love drawings in books? Then, this is the workshop for you.


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It’s not everyday that you get to have a drawing jam session with experienced artists. In Story-go-round, participants take turns to create a 20-page picture book under the expert guidance of artists Ann Gee Neo, Drewscape, Gwee Li Sui and James Tan. You will also get a crash course in picture book basics such as drawing people and backgrounds, creating a story structure, and combining words and pictures.

Event details:


Sat, 29 Jun, 2019, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Central Public Library

Multi-Purpose Room


2. Place Memories in Comics: Spotlight on Comic Artist Koh Hong Teng


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No one can deny that Koh Hong Teng’s artworks are nostalgic, beautiful and full of life. This Read! Fest, we’re lucky to have him in a panel discussion to talk about his work in comics, graphic novels and book illustrations. He will be joined by architectural historian Lai Chee Kien and playwright Marc Goldberg, who have both creatively collaborated with the artist on books.

Event Details:

Place Memories in Comics: Spotlight on Comic Artist Koh Hong Teng

Sat, 6 Jul, 2019, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

National Library

Level 1 – Visitors’ Briefing Room


3. Travel Woke: Creative Epiphanies from a Plane

Where were you the last time you had a creative epiphany?

Agnes Chew, author of ‘Desire for Elsewhere’, and mixologist Leon Tan, have both produced highly creative work inspired by their incredible travel experiences. From the bustling streets of Thailand to a life-threatening flight to Marrakech, these two individuals come together for a no-holds-barred discourse on the overused word known as wanderlust.


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Event Details:

Travel Woke: Creative Epiphanies from a Plane

Sun, 7 Jul, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

National Library

Level 5 – Imagination Room

4. Message in a Bottle

Have you ever had a poem written just for you? If your answer is yes, lucky you! If not, anyone can head down to one of our pop-up booths scattered across the country to receive a message in a bottle. All you have to do is give us a word or phrase that resonates with you, and we’ll spin it into bespoke poems that will stir your soul.

Pop-up booths will be set up on multiple dates and at multiple locations, such as:

Sat, 29 Jun, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Serangoon Public Library Exhibition Space)

Sat, 29 Jun, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Jurong Regional Library Exhibition Area)

Sat, 6 Jul, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Bukit Panjang Public Library Programme Zone)

Click here to find the time and place that best suits you.



5. Read! Fest Goes Out

Read! Fest is certainly not confined to the library; it’s happening all across Singapore! So be on the look-out for community reading activities happening all over, as well as public spaces getting transformed into reading havens. More information can be found here.

Have a wonderful Read! Fest, everybody!


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