News Details | 17-Mar-2012

NTU’s first Literary Festival gathers acclaimed writers and artists

Some of the finest writers and artists from Singapore and abroad are converging at Nanyang Technological University’s Yunnan Garden campus today for the University’s inaugural literary festival at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

The Lines of Flight Literary Festival will feature acclaimed local and international Singapore Writers in Residence, Grace Chia Krakovic and Timothy O’Grady, as well as leading writers and poets such as Jay Bernard, Jennifer Crawford, Ng Yi-Sheng and Kristina Marie Tom. 

The programme promises to have something for all lovers of creative writing – from readings and multimedia performances, discussion panels, writing workshops, and an ‘open mike’ event to foster student and public participation.

Associate Professor Neil Murphy, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) at NTU's College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Head of the Division of English which is organising the festival said, “The Festival will be an opportunity to open the eyes of NTU and the wider Singapore community to fresh, multi-dimensional perspectives about world-class literature and creative works from Singapore and across the globe.  The Festival also complements NTU's Creative Writing programme by encouraging students to explore their creative literary abilities through direct interaction with living writers and artists.”  

One of the festival’s highlights is Timothy O’Grady’s ‘I Could Read the Sky’ performance.  The edgy Irish American writer will read excerpts from his acclaimed photographic novel, accompanied by slides from the novel and live music by the internationally renowned violinist, Vuk Krakovic.  The show is a natural extension of his book, involving the photographs that are in the book, traditional Irish music played by the main character in the book, and O’Grady reading.

Along with books, the world of theatre and films would be represented by leading screenwriter and director Ben Slater, and playwrights Jocelyn Chua and Quah Sy Ren who would discuss their work.

This year’s festival is supported by the Nanyang Technological University and National Arts Council.

More information about the Festival is available at this website:  

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Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.  In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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