Neon Lights Festival: Poetry

Battle of the verses

Eight poets will duke it out in the finals of the Singapore National Poetry Slam Championship this year. Participants include veteran slammer Marc Nair and Shivram Gopinath, the reigning champion.

The competition is the closing event for the literary festival Lit Up Singapore, which is having a pop-up at Neon Lights.

In its seventh edition, Lit Up will bring together more than 40 authors, poets and performers.

Writer and poet Chris MooneySingh, 59, who is Lit Up's artistic director, says the festival has "always been a flexible pop-up".

It has been held at The Arts House, Aliwal Arts Centre and Lasalle College of the Arts.

This year, Lit Up has 12 acts spread across both days at the festival grounds. Watch British-based performance poet Francesca Beard's one-woman show or sit in for acclaimed British poet Karen McCarthy Woolf's sharing session on poetry writing.

On the Singapore front, poets Marc Nair, Deborah Emmanuel, Jennifer Champion and Victoria Lim will perform their works which were published in the spoken word anthology Loud Mouths.

Novelist Josephine Chia, whose memoir of kampung life won the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize, will share tips on using personal details for writing in a panel discussion.

For families, Mooney-Singh will take the audience on a flying carpet ride of stories and songs in Uncle Raja's Flying Carpet Tales.

Gurveen Kaur

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2015, with the headline 'Battle of the verses'. Print Edition | Subscribe