Singapore – SA Literary Exchange

Lobby Books and Spotlight Singapore invite you to a literary exchange entitled:

Bridging Oceans, Crossing Distances

This session features two generations of Singapore writers and poets who have in their own ways chartered and transformed Singapore’s literary scene and writing and the way Singaporeans look at themselves.  With two of Singapore Cultural Medallion recipients, renowned poet Edwin Thumboo and writer Isa Kamari, Young Artist Award recipient for literature, poet, translator and literary entrepreneur Alvin Pang, literary critic and graphic novelist Gwee Li Sui and Young Artist Award recipient and Singapore Literary Prize Commendation and Merit Prize winner writer Tan Mei Ching, Bridging Oceans, Crossing Distances looks at the concept of bridging the distance (both metaphorically and literally) between countries and communities (in this instance Singapore and South Africa)

The writers and poets will read from their works and also share their experiences in engaging with different communities and cultures within the context of multi-racial Singapore.

Singapore Participants:

Edwin Thumboo

Isa Kamari

Alvin Pang

Gwee Li Sui

Tan Mei Ching

Date: Wednesday 16 March 2011

Time: 5.30 for 6.00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

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