5 programmes to catch at Read! Fest
Celebrate the joys of reading with the National Library Board’s signature reading festival, Read! Fest. Running until 18 Jul as part of the National Reading Movement, this year’s literary festival offers more than 60 programmes ranging from talks by well-known authors such as Austin Kleon of Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad (2019), to workshops by experts like Dr Natalie Pang, who is known for being a researcher and educator in new media and digital civics.
Here are five festival programmes not to be missed:
Staying Creative In Chaotic Times: A Conversation With Austin Kleon
Discover how you can find inspiration in everyday life through this online talk with Austin Kleon, bestselling author of Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad (2019). He will share tips on how to establish and maintain a creative habit in his talk on 3 Jul, which is moderated by Singapore illustrator Anngee Neo.
Journaling: Writing To Wellness
Don’t miss this online journaling workshop that focuses on articulating our stories. Led by the founder of a non-profit online mental healthcare magazine, Nicole K., the workshop on 8 Jul encourages participants to pick up tips and techniques that may act as a form of catharsis for emotional literacy and resilience. The workshop is based on author Elif Shafak’s non-fiction book, How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division (2020).
Use Social Media Like A Pro
Learn how to use social media like a marketing professional with this online workshop by social media expert Dr Natalie Pang. The workshop is based on best-selling author Cal Newport’s non-fiction book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (2019), and it is held on 10 Jul.
Interpreted: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat By Samin Nosrat
Enjoy cooking and want to be a better cook? Then don’t miss this online panel discussion on 12 Jul featuring popular chefs Christopher Tan, Shen Tan, and Jason Vito. They will be talking about how these four simple elements are incorporated into their cooking techniques. Their talk is inspired by Iranian-American chef Samin Nosrat’s award-winning book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (2017).
Why Read Women’s Literature?
If you are curious about women’s writing, tune in to this online conversation with Taiwanese author Wu Xiaole on 17 Jul, as the popular writer shares how women’s literature enables readers to understand the feelings and experiences of women. The programme also touches on issues that women might face in today’s society and discusses why men should read more books written by female authors. The sharing session, moderated by book blogger Guo Linjing, will be conducted in Chinese.
Learn more about Read! Fest 2021 here.
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