Sitting Down with Sing Lit Station

A conversation with local writers Daryl Qilin Yam, Tse Hao Guang, and Joshua Ip on the importance of reading, local literature, and how reading has shaped their writing.

MCI Singapore
Aug 14, 2017 · 8 min read
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Tse Hao Guang (LEFT) and Daryl Qilin Yam (RIGHT). Joshua Ip was unavailable for photos.

Could you start by sharing with us how SLS all started?

I’ve heard a fair bit about the Book A Writer programme, which conducts workshops in schools, including workshops that teach students how to critically read literature. Could you tell us more?

In our conversation we’ve alluded to the idea that many of us believe reading local literature is important. Do each of you have a personal reason as to why you think it is important for Singaporeans to read local literature?

Do you remember the first time you read a piece of local literature? Do you remember what it was and how it impacted you?

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A collection of local literature, including “The Billion Shop” by Stephanie Ye, as referenced by Daryl.

Can you describe your reading habits in one word?

How do you feel that reading has shaped the way you see the world?

How has reading shaped the way you write?

Anything exciting programmes from SLS that our followers should know about?


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