A whole bunch of talks or competitions!

Woooh, a whole bunch of events! Well, usually these things tend to run in the second half of the year onwards. Click the more cut to read more. We have:

  • Talk: ‘In the Footsteps of Raffles’
  • Workshop: What’s Your Singapore Memory?
  • Talk/ Book Launch: ‘A life of its Own’
  • Competition: e-Mote Digital Storytelling
  • Workshop: e-MOTE storytelling
  • Competition: 2010 Adelaide Review Short Fiction
  • Competition: Man Asia Literary Prize 2010
  • Competition: The Iowa Short Fiction Award
  • Competition: The 30th Arvon International Poetry Competition 2010
  • Competition: Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2011

Uuuungh. I did wonder to split this post into two or something but whatever. I’ll put them under headlines so you can scroll and pick at it at your own pace or something. Or usually, I’d just copy just the title of the event and press ctrl+f it or apple+f depending on which computer I’m on.

Onwards we go!

In the Footsteps of Raffles

Location: National Library, Possibility Room, Level 5

Date: 29 June 2010

Time: 7pm

Nigel Barley is the author of twenty books, academic and popular, in genres as diverse as travel writing, fiction, biography and art history. In the Footsteps of Raffles and Rouge Raider are two of his books which have been written against the backdrop of Singapore and her history.

In this session, Nigel will discuss some of the particular difficulties and satisfactions that lie behind various works, concentrating on those involving the history of Singapore and SE Asia. He will also tease out certain themes that have emerged increasingly over the years such as his motivation as a writer, his personal relationship to his subjects and the tension between randomness and structure.

Admission is free! Places are limited, so please register via http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg or by clicking here.

What’s Your Singapore Memory?

Location: National Library

Date: 26 June & 3 July

Time: 8.30am – 12pm

As part of the Singapore Memory Project, you are invited to join as storywriters of Singapore’s rich heritage. You need not be a writer to start with. The workshop will teach you the proper writing techniques using the Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques and simple ways to source for your own stories.

For more information and to register, please email Nurulhuda_SUBAHAN@nlb.gov.sg

A life of its Own

Location: The Arts House, Earshot Cafe

Date: 6 July 2010

Time: 7pm

“A Life of Its Own – Understanding Depression and Its Treatments” provides insights that help us better recognise and understand depression, and its treatments. This book presents essential scientific and clinical knowledge which would reduce stigma, give hope, and reduce suffering.

Co-written by 32 experts consisting of doctors, psychiatrists and ex-patients in Singapore, they shared their knowledge in a straight forward, easily understood manner of the psychological illness from various perspectives in 24 articles in the book.

Admission is free! To register, email info@bookcouncil.sg with your name and phone number.

The e-Mote Digital Storytelling Competition

The e-Mote Digital Storytelling Competition  is open to all secondary school students:

Category A: Secondary 1 and 2 students
Category B: Secondary 3, 4 and 5 students

Each school is encouraged to send 2 entries per category.

Your stories should be between 1 minute and 3 minutes in length. The stories we are looking for must be in a digital format. What this means is that the submissions can be in the form of a video, a slideshow, podcast or any other digital media format that can tell a story with visuals and sound, suitable for digital broadcast on the Internet.

For more info, click here. (It opens to a pdf!)

e-MOTE storytelling workshop

In order to tell a story, you need to know how to tell a story; and our workshops are designed to do just that. Workshops will cover storytelling techniques and technical execution of the digital story.

If you’ve missed the 16 & 17 June workshops, we have organised four new ones for you: –
– 3 July 2010: (1) 9.00am to 1.20pm and (2) 2.00pm to 6.20pm –
– 10 July 2010: (3) 9.00am to 1.20pm and (4) 2.00pm to 6.20pm

The cost is only S$15nett per person. We encourage each school to sign up a teacher and three students (per category) for the workshops.

Download flyer for the more info on the workshops and the competition.

For more information on the workshops and the competition, please email sisf@bookcouncil.sg

Heh, this IS interesting. Too bad I’m not a secondary school kid though. If you are, check out the workshop. It’s pretty cool to learn some of the softwares there for those who haven’t known the basics. The flyer opens up to the same pdf as above, by the way.

Also, this point I’m getting tired to put in the exact info for the below competitions so if you’re interested, click the links there.

2010 Adelaide Review Short Fiction Competition

(Supported by National Arts Council Singapore) – Deadline: 23 July 2010

Attached: Terms and Conditions document and Entry Form.  More details online: http://www.adelaidereview.com.au

You get to win monies and also wine! If you don’t drink wine, you can always give it to Raven Silvers since her dad collects them.

Man Asia Literary Prize 2010

Deadline: 31 August 2010

Information and entry form: http://www.manasianliteraryprize.org/

Worth it only if you’ve already published a book! So yeah. It’s yearly though so if you haven’t been published this year or only end of year etc, you can try for the following year.

The Iowa Short Fiction Award

Deadline: 30 September 2010

Website: http://uipress.uiowa.edu/authors/iowa-short-fiction.htm

Not that this one is for a collection of SHORT FICTION. Means you got to have a manuscript of a lot of short stories in one collection.

The 30th Arvon International Poetry Competition 2010

Deadline: 16 August 2010.

Website: http://www.arvonfoundation.org/p236.html

Poetry, poetry, poetry. It costs 7 Pounds per poem for an entry for this competition.

Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2011

(Supported by National Arts Council Singapore)  – Deadline: 31 December 2010

Website is here.

It opens up to a printable pdf which includes the entry form.  Huh. ANYWAY, prize money is $10,000 (to be shared between illustrator and writer OR with a translator too if you have one). Free entry and I might enter this competition. It’s sweet! Read it! It’s a prize by Mrs Hedwig Anuar who was the first Singaporean Director of the National Library of Singapore. Anyway it can be short stories, a novel or poetry! But arrgh, you need to be published FIRST. So we’ll see how.

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