Archives of dormant Singapore arts review website The Flying Inkpot to be kept online

The archives of The Flying Inkpot will be kept online for the public to view.
The archives of The Flying Inkpot will be kept online for the public to view. PHOTO: THEFLYINGINKPOT.COM

SINGAPORE - The online review journal The Flying Inkpot, a repository of past Singapore theatre and dance reviews, will be maintained and kept online by the theatre writing hub Centre 42.

Announcing this in a press statement on Tuesday, the centre said it "recognised the Inkpot as an important collection of critical writing contributed by independent writers since 1996, and will continue to keep it accessible to the public in its present state".

No new reviews will be added, but the public can access the site and search its archives, which contain more than 1,000 reviews.

In June, the Inkpot's co-editors Kenneth Kwok and Matthew Lyon had announced the site's closure, due to a lack of funding and manpower, among other reasons. It also had no social media presence, and was running on outdated web software.

To remain relevant, the team of staff volunteers would have had to commit resources to training new writers and overhauling the site, on top of holding their full-time jobs. Kwok and Lyon had explored other avenues of funding, but found them unsuitable as they wished for the Inkpot to remain impartial and not beholden to sponsors.

The Flying Inkpot was launched in 1996. Over the years, it has provided a platform for theatre and dance reviewers such as writer Ng Yi-Sheng and dancer and freelance writer Germaine Cheng. Both have contributed reviews to The Straits Times' Life section.

To visit the Flying Inkpot, go to www.inkpotreviews.com