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The guide to #BuySingLit 2019

Explore the world of Singapore literature over two weekends at #BuySingLit

By Cam Khalid

What if we tell that you can discuss Singapore literature with a local writer over lunch or print out easy-to-digest excerpts of local bestsellers from a self-order machine? These are some of the things you can do at this year's edition of #BuySingLit. Set to be the biggest one yet, the literary fest champions all things local – from writers, publishers and booksellers, to translators, editors and more – through an exciting line-up of programmes over two weekends from March 8 to 17.

Choose from a gamut of activities which include poetry and terrarium workshops, panel discussions and performances of iconic Singaporean works. Whether you're a massive bookworm or a novel novice, here are some of the highlights to check out during #BuySingLit.

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Textures 2019


Mar 7-10

Think only pictures speak a thousand words? Let The Arts House’s signature literary arts festival school you on the first weekend of #BuySingLit. With the theme of Love and Loss (and some things in between), Textures shines a spotlight on how words can relay a spectrum of emotions through curated programmes that go beyond traditional literary art forms. Catch local writers, speakers and thinkers come together via thought-provoking plays, music performances, workshops and exhibitions. Check out some of the highlights here

Sing Lit Station

Sing Lit Cloud

Mar 7-24

You've got vending machines for snacks on the go. Now, with Sing Lit Cloud, you can print out bite-sized excerpts of local bestsellers from special self-order machines at Our Tampines Hub, Mapletree Business City and Library@Harbourfront for free. Get stuck in quality Singaporean prose including titles such as the Teenage Textbook by Adrian Lim and They Do Return...But Gently Lead Them Back by Catherine Lim.


Grab SingLit

Mar 8-31

If you love surprises, you're in for a treat. With your GrabRewards, you can redeem a mystery SingLit book gift from any of the 14 different locations including The Arts House, BooksActually, Epigram Books and The Moon. There are 8,000 books up for grabs and titles include Balik Kampung by Verena Tay and Lieutenant Kurosawa's Errand Boy by Warran Kalasegaran. No cash needed – just rock up with your Grab app that's loaded with GrabRewards, of course.

My First Skool

Legend of Bukit Merah — An Intergenerational Adaptation

Mar 9

Shake things up with this intergenerational theatrical experience at NTUC Health Active Ageing Hub that explores the legend of Redhill based on the classic book Attack Of The Swordfish. The crew includes senior citizens and kindergarten children from My First Skool who are set to showcase the various perspectives of the story in relation to the world today, allowing the audience to view the story through the different lenses. For more information, visit

ethos books

We All Step On Snails: A Poetry & Terrarium Experience

Mar 9 & 17

Take a breather and calm those frayed nerves with a poetry and terrarium experience by Ethos Books. Instead of music, let poet Marc Nair accompany you with his poetry performance while you create your very own terrarium at The Hive (Mar 9) Plain Vanilla Bakery (Mar 17) with the help of Jason and Joy.



Yong Siak Street Party

Mar 16 & 17

Witness local literature come to life along Yong Siak Street in Tiong Bahru. Brought to you by BooksActually and its friendly neighbours, this is one street party you won't want to miss. Check out book launches, join in an interesting panel discussion, swap stories with a local writer over lunch or seek the mysterious writer roving Yong Siak Street and score yourself a personalised flash fiction story.

Wisma Geylang Serai

Pesta Buku Melayu – Buana Buku Rimbun Ilmu (World of Books, Luxury of Knowledge)

Mar 16 & 17

Making a debut this year is Singapore’s first ever Malay-centric book fair. Spearheaded by publisher Pustaka Islamiyah as well as six local publishers and arts groups, the fair is held in the heart of the Malay community Wisma Geylang Serai. The programme sees six different Malay publishers in the city coming together for a weekend of literary activities and storytelling, celebrating the Malay language and culture.

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