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4 Mar - 3 Apr 2022
Community Plaza @ Oasis Terraces | Ang Mo Kio Public Library | The Arts House
Community Plaza @ Canberra Plaza | 256C Sumang Walk | Seng Kang Library
 
Textures invites you to escape into the imaginative terrains of Singapore Literature! Join us on this cross-country journey to various heartlands, where we breathe new stories and adventures into your neighbourhoods.

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Textures 2022: The Great Escape
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1 Mar – 27 Mar 2022


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Artworks on Installation

Wildest Dreams: Stories Adapted from Singa-Pura-Pura

By Kamini Ramachandran
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Arrive at a make believe world that’s so real it might be true.

The shadow takes on a life of its own; a tiger leaves bloody breadcrumbs; the old man obsesses over digits; seven seeds are packed for another planet. Listen to short stories set in Singapore where the truth is wilder than fiction.

Storyteller Kamini Ramachandran retells extracts of published stories that glimpse into the might-bes, unleashed by your imagination. Each retelling invites audiences to experience and savour the spec-fic text through the spoken word.

Presented as a series of four storytelling videos, adapted from the Malay speculative fiction collection Singa-Pura-Pura edited by Nazry Bahrawi (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2021).

Parental Guidance is advised for some of the videos. Please refer to the individual videos for the consumer advice.

Featured short stories:
Transgression by Diana Rahim
Tujuh by Nazry Bahrawi
Gold, Paper and Bare Bones by Farihan Bahron
The End by nor
Adapted and Performed by Kamini Ramachandran
Filmed and Edited by Zane Lee
Original Artwork by Muhammad Izdi
Design by Zane Lee
Production Assistance by Oscar Larrea Guija
 
Commissioned by Arts House Limited for Textures 2022

Tujuh

The End

Gold, Paper and Bare Bones

Transgression

PODCASTS

People, Places

People, Places

This second edition features another three acclaimed actors of our local stages - Erwin Shah, R. Chandran and Lim Yu Beng respond to three works of literature in three podcast episodes. Directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall, the actors perform excerpts from the plays and Singapore Literature Prize-winning book, and narrate personal stories on the connections, resonances and impacts these words have on their individual lives. 

Erwin Shah Ismail

Lim Yu Beng

R Chandran

Erwin Shah Ismail

Erwin graduated with a BA(Hons) in Acting at LASALLE College of the Arts in 2011. Today he is a stage and screen actor, singer, voice artist as well as stuntman with Action Horizons Stunts. Erwin has spent the last 10 years doing an array of work; performed in more than 50 professional stage productions including musicals in English, Malay and Mandarin. He has also appeared in over 20 different television series for local and international networks including AXN and HBO Asia, and voiced a few local cartoons and commercials. When not performing, he is a part-time lecturer at his alma mater.

Lim Yu Beng

Yu-Beng is a familiar face on stage and screen. He won Best Actor in 2005, Best Supporting Actor in 2004, and was in the Best Acting Ensemble in 2002 for Animal Farm, all for the Life! Theatre Awards. Film and television credits include Singapore Dreaming, Anna and the King, Kung Fu Killers, Solos, Identiti, Sephia, Firasat, Lion Mums and Triple 9. Theatre goers know him from shows like Lost Cinema, Another Country, Animal Farm, Members Only, The Lover and The Dumb Waiter, Bent, and Lear. He continues to explore new ground, and works extensively as an actor, director, writer, acting coach, lighting designer, fight choreographer and whatever it takes to get the show up.

R Chandran

R Chandran is founder-director of ACT 3 Theatrics, Singapore’s first professional theatre company. He is a professional writer, actor, educator and stage director focussing on inclusive work for children and youths. As an extension, Chandran mentors teachers on the use of drama as an educational tool. He is married and has two children.

LITERARY ARTS
Short Story by Claire Tham
Reflection by R Chandran
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Short Story by Inez Tan
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Crosstalk

Hosted by Festival Director Jason Wee, CrossTalk is a brand-new podcast series on the art and life of writing across generations of writers. We will hear veteran authors through archival recordings as well as younger writers responding to them. These archival recordings are courtesy of the National Library Board and the National Archives Singapore.

People, Places

Clara Chow

Clara Chow listens to the playwright Kuo Pao Kun. Daryl Qilin Yam listens to the poet Lee Tzu Pheng. Jennifer Anne Champion listens to the writer Robert Yeo.

Clara Chow's publications include the story collections Dream Storeys (2016, Ethos) and Modern Myths (2018, Math Paper Press), travelogues New Orleans (2020, Hermit Press) and Caves (2021, Hermit Press), and the bilingual poetry collection 几首烂情诗/Lousy Love Poems (2021, Hermit Press, Math Paper Press). In 2020, Modern Myths was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize.

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Daryl Qilin Yam

Daryl Qilin Yam is a writer, editor and arts organiser from Singapore. He is the author of the novella Shantih Shantih Shantih (2021, Math Paper Press), and the novel Lovelier, Lonelier (2021, Epigram Books), a finalist of the 2021 Epigram Books Fiction Prize.

He co-founded the literary charity Sing Lit Station. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in the publications such as the Berlin Quarterly, The Straits Times, Transnational Literature, and The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singapore Short Stories anthology series. His first novel, Kappa Quartet (2016, Epigram Books), was selected by The Business Times as one of the best novels of 2016, and described by QLRS as “[breaking] new ground in Singaporean writing… a shimmering and poignant novel, an immensely sympathetic and humane exploration of our existential condition.”

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Jennifer Anne Champion

Jennifer Anne Champion is a poet, archivist and educator. She was Singapore's poet-in-residence at the National Centre of Writing, Norwich, UK in 2021 where she worked on embroidered poetry works. Jennifer is the author of two collections of poetry - A History of Clocks (Redwheelbarrrow Books, 2015) and Caterwaul (Math Paper Press, 2016).

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How do you write a story, a plot or your life as you live it?

Join prominent Singapore writers A.J. Low, Dr. Yeo Wei Wei and Felix Cheong as they share skills and techniques on planning a story, devising a plot and writing creative non-fiction in a series of workshops created for students.

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Live It, Tell It: How To Write Creative Non-fiction

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FESTIVAL TEAM

ARTIST DIRECTOR

Jason Wee

FESTIVAL PAVILION DESIGN

ASOLIDPLAN

PRODUCER

Lisa Lip

PROGRAMMING AND PRODUCING TEAM

Geraldine Cheong

Hoo Kuan Cien

Martini Binte Ali Wafar

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

Winnie Chan

Valerie Koh

Megan Lee

Joycelyn Ong

Hakim Rahim

Vanessa Tan

EVENT OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Emma Tagoe

Gerald Koh

Sandhya Silva

Luc Toh

Sharon Wang

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