TIONG BAHRU at Singapore Writers Festival!

TIONG BAHRU came home for a special one-off screening at the National Museum of Singapore as part of the Singapore Writers Festival…and director Joe Lawlor was in town to present the film!


At the screening, moderated by playwright and poet Ng Yi-Sheng, Joe was joined by Books Actually co-founder Kenny Leck, whose much loved shop relocated to the estate earlier this year.

In a lively discussion , the panel talked about how the estate had inspired them, how place can be a source of inspiration for artists and why they have all found in the Tiong Bahru a sense of homecoming. The audience also shared their views on the film and their memories of, and feelings towards the estate.

Thanks to TIONG BAHRU production photographer Samantha Tio for the images of the event, and to all who came along to the event.

You can read Yi-Sheng’s essay on Singaporeans search for belonging in an everchanging landscape, here, while you can listen to an interview with Kenny on ABC’s Artworks radio programme, here.

If you have still to see the film, contact your nearest branch of the NLB, who should have copies for loan.

See the film’s production images by Samantha Tio and Alecia Neo, and accompanied by the beautiful soundtrack of Kavin Hoo, below.

See a report on the making of TIONG BAHRU, here.

Throughout the Civic Life project in Singapore, leading writers have shared their thoughts with us on ideas of identity, belonging and community.

You can read three pieces, which feature in the booklet accompanying the TIONG BAHRU DVD, below.

Ng Yi-Sheng on the ever-changing landscape of Singapore.
Alvin Pang on a geography of Singapore mapped through personal reminiscences.
Tan Shzr Ee on the rich linguistic identity of Singapore and Singaporeans.

More on Writing & Singapore

There have been a number of fascinating features, looking at Singapore’s arts and cultural scene, broadcast on Australia’s ABC Radio National across 2011. They feature interviews with many leading figures from Singapore, including Alvin Pang, Pooja Nansi and Cyril Wong. Find out more, below:

Listen to a two part Poetica special, exploring Singaporean poetry, here.

Listen to an Artworks report on what you can expect to find in a bookshop in Singapore, and featuring Tiong Bahru’s very own super bookshop, Books Actually, here.

Listen to an Artworks programme, exploring Singapore’s performing arts scene, here.

Listen to an Artworks programme, exploring Singapore’s visual arts scene, here.

In Rear Vision, also on the ABC, the story of public housing in Singapore is explored, starting with the very first developments along Tiong Bahru Road.

Writing The City

You can watch all of the episodes of WRITNG THE CITY, an online creative writing programme, written and presented by Singapore Literature Prize Suchen Christine Lim and UK novelist Jeremy Sheldon and inspired by TIONG BAHRU, below.

Watch The Writer’s Eye, here.
Watch Characters, here.
Watch Encounters, here.
Watch The Magical, here.
Watch The Individual And The City, here.
Watch Looking Forward, featuring top tips for writers, here.

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