Singapore Poetry Goes Mobile in Text in the City
The Arts House launches Text in the City, a campaign centred on Singapore poetry, featuring familiar, everyday spaces and places in Singapore. Organised in collaboration with the National Arts Council and The Literary Centre, a collection of 100 poems by 50 Singapore poets, including Alvin Pang, Cyril Wong, Edwin Thumboo, Isa Kamari, KTM Iqbal, Kanagalatha and Lee Tzu Pheng, are now available through a free mobile app. The interactive app features an array of content – besides the audio recordings of the 100 poems in their original language, there are some present day and archival photos of the spaces and places written about, with anecdotes, to provide users with interesting bite-sized cultural and historical information. Most importantly, the app allows users to instantly upload their own poetry creation, for a chance to win attractive cash prizes and be part of a featured collection.
William Phuan, director of The Arts House, says, “Through the app, we want to take local poetry out of classrooms and bookstores and place it directly in the hands of Singaporeans. With Singapore poetry readily available for users to read or listen to anytime, anywhere, we hope to boost greater appreciation of Singapore literature. We also want people to be inspired to write and contribute to our canon of written Singapore works.”
Spaces and Places in Singapore
Divided into six zones – central, east, island, north, north-east and west – the 100 poems featured in the app allow users to see these spaces and places through the eyes of our poets. From reminiscing about the hustle and bustle of Bugis in yesteryears, to observing the daily activities at a neighbourhood coffee shop, the zoning function in the app creates a whole new experience of enjoying poetry through our unique cityscape.
The app also features three poetry trails: The Civic District, Bras Basah and Chinatown. Marked with green icons on the app’s map, the trails highlight selected poems which showcase specific places or landmarks within each of the precincts. In addition, curated tours by veteran guides from the Singapore Heritage Society will be organised for the public, in November and December. Please refer to Annex B for more information.
Text in the City Poetry Competition
To encourage greater public participation in the creation of Singapore poetry, the campaign also features a poetry competition to entice closet poets to step out and submit their works. The poetry competition is open from now till 25 December 2014 with attractive cash prizes to be won. Please refer to Annex A for more information.
Poetry on the Road
Over the next few months, a series of poetry events have been planned to engage members of the public even more. For members of the public, theycan meet our local poets at locations such as Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, while students can look forward to poetry workshops conducted by Singapore poets. Please refer to Annex C for more information.
Text in the City app is now available for download on iTunes and Google Play
For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Aw Yong
Manager, Publicity & Media Relations
M: +65 9112 8701
About The Arts House
Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore’s first Parliament
House, The Arts House has played an active role in the Singapore arts and creative
scene for the past decade. As a centre for writing, writers and ideas, The Arts House
supports and presents programmes and festivals that aim to develop and promote
literary arts in Singapore. The Arts House is run and managed by Arts House Limited.
For more information, visit www.theartshouse.com.sg.
Text in the City – Poetry Competition
Inspired by the poems featured in the Text in the City app?
Then dare yourself to be a poet by penning your thoughts and feelings about
a space or place in Singapore and submit it via the Text in the City app or
online at www.textinthecity.sg. Your poem can be written in English, Chinese,
Malay or Tamil and must be an original, unpublished work. Submission
deadline is from now till 25 December 2014.
There are also attractive cash prizes to be won when your poem is selected
by our judges!
Terms & Conditions
1. The competition is open to all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.
2. There are two categories in the competition: Public category and Youth
category. The Public category is open to anyone above 18 years of age. The
Youth category is for persons 18 years and below.
3. Only unpublished poems may be entered for this competition. Poems must be the
original work of the entrant.
4. Entries may be written in any of Singapore’s four official languages – English,
Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. English translation of poems in Chinese, Malay and
Tamil are not required.
5. All poems must have a title. There is no restriction to the length of the poem. The
theme of the entries must be based on spaces and places in Singapore.
6. Multiple entries are eligible as long as each submission complies with all the rules
7. Any entry that is late or that does not comply with the rules and regulations will be
8. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees that the organisers will have
perpetual and non-exclusive right to use his/her entry in any manner, medium,
and on any hardware device the organisers deem necessary to promote,
advertise, or exhibit for the campaign Text In The City. Copyright of the entry
remains with the entrant.
9. The judges’ decision is final, and neither the judges, nor The Arts House or TLC will
enter into any correspondence to justify their decision.
10. The Arts House and TLC reserve the right to change any of the rules and
regulations without prior notice.
Text in the City – Guided Poetry Trails
All trails are free with registration at titc-launch.eventbrite.sg and subject to weather
Chinatown Poetry Trails
1 & 8 November 2014 | 10am | Led by Singapore Heritage Society
Meeting point: Exit C of Chinatown MRT Station (street level on the side of People’s Park Complex)
Bras Basah Poetry Trails
2 November 2014 | 4pm | Led by Kirpal Singh
9 November 2014 | 5pm | Led by Singapore Heritage Society
Meeting point: SMU Green at Singapore Writers Festival
Text in the City – Outreach Programmes
Can’t get enough of Singapore poetry? Come down to the Text in the City
roadshows and be wowed by the beauty of poetry. Meet some of our
Singapore poets, who will personally recite and share more about their works
• Singapore Writers Festival
1 – 2 & 8 – 9 November 2014 | 4pm to 6pm
• Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
29 November 2014 | 3pm to 7pm
It’s back to school for Singapore poets Alfian Sa’at, Cyril Wong, Grace Chia,
Gwee Li Sui and Marc Nair! In conjunction with Text in the City, they will be
conducting poetry workshops with students aged 13 and above from now till
the end of the year. Each two-hour workshop sees them using teaching
materials developed by Pooja Nansi and Erin Woodford, to introduce and
discuss Singapore poetry and poems featured in Text in the City. Schools or