NEW WORD ORDER PRESENTS NOORHAQMAL MD NOOR

Inspired by events in Singapore and around the world, Aqmal turns his observations into poetry which he then sets to music. This talented literary and music artiste hopes that by combining his love for poetry with music that his words will reach a wider a wider audience.

Join Aqmal as he delivers an acoustic performance of his poetry songs as well as discusses the creative process behind his work.

This session is moderated by Rafaat Hamzah, a poet and playwright.

Event venue: Living Room
Event price: FREE
Event start date: 2013-05-10 19:30
Event end date: 2013-05-10 19:30
Custom Event Date(s): 10 MAY 2013, FRI
Custom Event Time(s): 7:30PM
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About Noorhaqmal Mohamed Noor (Aqmal)

Aqmal, also known as Noorhaqmal Mohamed Noor is a music and literary artist. After winning the prestigious Anugerah in 2004, organized by Suria MediaCorp, he continues his passion for the arts with Angkatan Sasterawan ’50 (ASAS ’50). Joining the Belia Asas (ASAS ’50 Youth Wing, has enabled him to be mentored by renowned Malay literary figures such as Mohd Latiff Mohd (MLM), Mohd Pitchay Gani and Rafaat Hamzah.

His song, Warkah Cinta Dunia has won the Projek Rentak in 2009, a songwriting competition organized by MediaCorp radio Ria 89.7FM and Warna 94.2FM.

About Rafaat Hamzah

Mostly known for his distinctive style of poetry writing and performance, Rafaat’s talent stretches from acting to scriptwriting, art directing, producing and directing. His poems had found space in Singapore Malay newspapers and radio since late 1980s.

Rafaat had penned notable theatre pieces, including Merah Pawana (2010), Merdeka (1999), Debu Liar (2001) and Hablur (1997), which was nominated for the Best Theatre Script  in Anugerah Persuratan, the Malay Literary Award 1997/1998.

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NEW WORD ORDER PRESENTS HERWANTO

An avid photographer, writer and designer, Herwanto is the incumbent editor of Angkatan Sasterawan '50's biannual literary magazine and its Head of Research and Publications Bureau. His passion lies in ‘photo-lit’, the active exploration of the conception, creation and conversation of literary works such as essays, poetry and short stories through a multitude of artistic influences such as design and photography.

Herwanto’s literary portfolio encompasses contributions as editor, translator, writer, designer, illustrator, programmer, content developer, lyricist, academic presenter, moderator and script writer.

His prolific involvement as a youth literary and social activist was recognised at the national level when he was conferred the Literary Arts Youth Activist award by Angkatan Sasterawan 50, presented by the then Minister of Media, Information, Communication and the Arts, Mr Lui Tuck Yew in 2010. Herwanto is also the current recipient of the Anugerah Harapan Persuratan (Aspiration Award) awarded by the Malay Language Council of Singapore for exhibiting huge potential in the production of literary works, active promotion of the literary arts scene and sharing of works through creative and academic means.

Fuelled by his twin passions of photography and literature, Herwanto traverses new grounds in exploring the creative potential of seeing the world of the Word through the lens. Join Herwanto as he takes us through his thinking and learning process towards the genesis of a clearer, deeper vision of expression. A mini exhibition of his photographic muses will also take place at the venue.

Event venue: Living Room
Event price: FREE
Event start date: 2013-06-17 19:30
Event end date: 2013-06-17 19:30
Custom Event Date(s): 17 JUN 2013, MON
Custom Event Time(s): 7:30PM
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NEW WORD ORDER PRESENTS POOJA NANSI

Presented by The Arts House

Believe in the power of speech and performance! In this New Word Order April showcase by Pooja Nansi, poetic words are bent and transformed in surprising ways. Join this spirited Singapore teacher and poet as she explores the sound of yearning, loss and eventually acceptance through spoken word and poetry.

Event venue: Living Room
Event price: FREE
Event start date: 2011-04-22 19:30
Event end date: 2011-04-22 19:30
Custom Event Date(s): 22 APR 2011, FRI
Custom Event Time(s): 7:30PM
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About the Poet
Pooja Nansi is a teacher who believes in the power that speech and performance can lend to the written word. Her first collection of poetry (Stiletto Scars) was launched in 2007 at the Singapore Writers Festival. She has performed and conducted workshops in several educational institutes both locally and abroad, with individuals of different ages to try and make poetry relevant to their lives.

She has also participated in poetry projects such as Speechless with the British Council, where she worked in conjunction with poets from London, Ireland, Taiwan, The Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam, and engaged in a month-long tour of the UK to explore issues surrounding freedom of speech.

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NEW WORD ORDER PRESENTS BENJAMIN CHOW

Presented by The Arts House

In this spirited series of events featuring brave new literary voices, you can expect to be pleasantly surprised by up-and-coming experimental writers and their showcased works. Benjamin Chow headlines March's New Word Order, where the young performance poet delivers his very own brand of poetry and spoken word that blends music, rap and a little help from his friends on saxophone and backup vocals.

Benjamin spends most of his time slouched over a desk in a dark cobweb-infested basement. He survives on rats and the occasional snake while crafting short little horror stories that often don't scare people as much as he would like to.

However, during those rare moments when he does crawl out from beneath the woodwork, he has been known to sing, loudly and annoyingly, and sometimes even tap-dance.

Benjamin sightings have been few and far between, but he has been seen at Blu Jaz Cafe during its monthly poetry slams, at the Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre at its fortnightly Open Mics, and every now and then in one or two really off-off-OFF Broadway musicals.

Nowadays, he is spending more and more time masquerading as a student of LASALLE College of the Arts' BA (Hons) Acting Programme, while secretly using the basement there for his dark and mysterious purposes.

Event venue: Living Room
Event price: FREE
Event start date: 2011-03-18 19:30
Event end date: 2011-03-18 19:30
Custom Event Date(s): 18 MAR 2011, FRI
Custom Event Time(s): 7:30PM
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NEW WORD ORDER PRESENTS JOSHUA FOO

Presented by The Arts House

For May's New Word Order, an ex-gangster will bravely lay bare his past as detailed in his inspirational first book, The Right Mistakes: My Life As A Singapore Gangster. With piercing honesty, Joshua Foo Yin Tung will recount the events that led him into the underworld and his brushes with the law - from robbery, assault, and extortion to peddling drugs.

More than just a shocking tale of a boy losing his way, The Right Mistakes is about someone trying to make sense of his life and change it for the better. Don't miss this talk, which will include readings of excerpts from the book, Q & A with the audience, as well as book sale and signing.

Event venue: Living Room
Event price: FREE
Event start date: 2011-05-13 20:00
Event end date: 2011-05-13 20:00
Custom Event Date(s): 22 MAY 2011, FRI
Custom Event Time(s): 8PM
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About Joshua Foo

Joshua Foo Yin Tung is a 22-year-old ex-gangster. He wrote about his past life in The Right Mistakes: My Life As A Singapore Gangster, published by Marshall Cavendish in 2011, so that others could learn from the mistakes he has made. His time is now spent on writing, working with troubled youths and sharing his experiences and life lessons as a speaker at various schools. The Right Mistakes is his first book.

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