The National Library Board's annual signature reading festival Read! Fest is back on Thursday (June 22), and will run until July 28. This year's edition offers more than 150 exciting programmes - from workshops and masterclasses to panels and talks, there is plenty to look forward to across libraries islandwide.
Here are some of the highlights:
1. Opening festival
This weekend, visitors can take part in the festivities and experience new ways of reading through interactive platforms. Create your own poetry through an interactive digital installation, participate in a book swop, or experience the story pods - a relaxing space to listen to texts being read.
2. Panels and talks
Discover different perspectives and new reads by engaging in the talks and panel discussions with speakers from all walks of life. Participants can learn about topics such as innovation, wellness and mindfulness. Some interesting panel discussions include:
Farm to table: Reading to innovate
A discussion on how food and beverage professionals use reading for business inspiration. Speakers include Leon Foo of Papa Palheta and Howard Lo of Empire Eats Group.
From pain to gain: A happy way to read
A Chinese-language talk on how to juggle a healthy reading habit with a busy schedule. Get insightful tips from professionals like Lim Wooi Tee, a doctor who is also an author and publisher.
3. Workshops and masterclasses
Be guided by seasoned authors at writing masterclasses, and sharpen your skills at Read! Fest. There are a variety of workshops to choose from, ranging from non-fiction writing to poetry writing and comic drawing.
4. Meet-the-author sessions
This year's edition will feature a line-up of Singapore authors and overseas authors. From home-grown poet Harini V to travel writer Robert Twigger, let the guest authors thrill you in engaging discussions on reading and writing.
For more information, click here to visit the Read! Fest page.