Thistle Bindery Workshops 2016: Leather Wraparound Journal

Join Thistle Bindery in three bookbinding workshops for beginners to pick up the longstanding literary tradition of the craft of bookbinding.

Leather Wraparound Journal
Give your journal a rustic makeover with a supple leather cover. In this workshop for beginners, you will learn the following:  


- Differentiate types of leather: goatskin, calfskin and cowhide.

- Create a text block by sewing papers together using a firm long stitch binding

- Encase the text block with your unique leather wrap

Event venue: Council Room
Registration Link: https://lessonsgowhere.com.sg/bookbinding-classes/bookbinding-series-pamphlet-binding#.V5cWpPl97IV
Event price: $40
Event duration:

3 hours

Event start date: 2016-08-13 10:00
Event end date: 2016-08-13 13:00
Custom Event Date(s): 13 AUG 2016, SAT
Custom Event Time(s): 10AM - 1PM
Additional information:

Please note the following for all workshops:
- The fee includes journal paper, leather cover and other materials to bind one book and the usage of bookbinding tools during the workshop.

- The workshop will commence on time. Please arrive 10 minutes earlier to browse through our sample books and explore our collection of books related to bookbinding and book arts.

- A selection of bookbinding materials and tools are available. Only cash will be accepted. Bring a little more to purchase useful materials and tools to spur you to practise more.

Presenter information:

About the instructor

Ian trained in bookbinding and book arts in Edinburgh (UK) with the Owl & Lion Bindery. He established The Thistle Bindery in 2012 upon his return to this sunny island. Bindery is more than just an art practice to him. It is also his way of reaching out to a wider community of bibliophiles and to do charity through his workshops. 

About The Thistle Bindery & Co.

The Thistle Bindery & Co. was established in 2016 as the first physical store for art practice, The Thistle Bindery. It brings together bookbinders, conservators and crafters who dabble in and enjoy sharing their passion for all things book-related.

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Sing Lit 101: How to Read a Singaporean Poem Season 4

We kick off the new year with the final season of Sing Lit 101: How to Read a Singaporean Poem! This fourth season promises to be the quirkiest yet as well-loved poet and literary critic Gwee Li Sui delivers six ground-breaking lectures on Singapore’s English-language verse. He will turn the spotlight on a range of voices from the 1990s, some of which are lesser known than others in today’s literary arts landscape. This focus brings a radically fresh texture to a pivotal decade in Singaporean literature.

Six compelling poems will be dissected to examine their meaning and revelation about developments in society and culture. Gwee’s lectures are popularly accessible, passionate, and insightful. Regardless of your age or background, you will be charmed by his textual readings and drawn to the continuing relevance of verse.

Jan 7 — Lin Hsin Hsin's "A Woman's Place"
Jan 14 — Lydia Kwa's "Travelling Time"
Jan 21 — Grace Chia's "Made in Singapore: iCordelia"
Feb 4 — Toh Hsien Min's "Recovery"
Feb 11 — Aaron Lee's "Hum of the World"
Feb 18 — Felix Cheong's "What is It to Write"
Feb 18 — Panel Discussion: Poetry and Existence IV

Session 1: 7 Jan 2017 | Lin Hsin Hsin’s “A Woman’s Place” 
A pioneer in digital media and a voluminous poet, Lin Hsin Hsin occupies a place of her own in the Singaporean poetry. Her poem A Woman’s Place shows not just her eccentric style and fascination with language, but also her deeply felt friction with social structures. Gwee will study this poem in relation to the changing roles of women in Singapore and Lin’s own artistic explorations.

Session 2: 14 Jan 2017 | Lydia Kwa’s “Travelling Time” 
Singapore-born Lydia Kwa is a clinical psychologist and a writer based in Canada. Her emotionally charged poem Travelling Time relates the turmoil of someone who has uprooted herself and is confronting sudden loss. Gwee will examine the mental landscape of this work to talk about the emigrant’s experience as well as other aspects of Kwa’s poetry.

Session 3: 21 Jan 2017 | Grace Chia’s “Made in Singapore: iCordelia” 
Made in Singapore: iCordelia is an intricate work of poetry and an intense piece of social commentary. It uses the twin framework of a Shakespearean tragedy and the condition of women to reveal the plight of Singaporeans today. Gwee will study Grace Chia’s poem to unfold its numerous layers of meaning and its approach to social malaise.

Session 4: 4 Feb 2017 | Toh Hsien Min’s “Recovery”
Recovery by Toh Hsien Min is a highly crafted and emotionally lucid poem that ruminates on love and loss. This poem manifests several of the key subjects often present in his works such as relationships, longing, and survival. Gwee will lead the analysis of this poem into an examination of the general poetry of urban lifestyle, while taking into consideration of Toh’s other works as well.

Session 5: 11 Feb 2017 | Aaron Lee’s “Hum of the World” 
Aaron Lee’s powerful poem Hum of the World challenges its readers to reassess life with greater awareness. It surveys reality via sounds as a means to comment on the relationship between the modern condition and a deeper, older nature of the world. Gwee  will take his study of this poem into a meditation on the human environment that we all have the power to change, as well as into an introduction to reflective verse.

Session 6: 18 Feb 2017 | Felix Cheong’s “What is It to Write?”
Who is a poet, and what is it that he or she is meant to do? Sooner or later, these questions haunt every poet, and Felix Cheong’s What is It to Write? offers one of the most impactful answers known in Singapore literature. Gwee will dissect this exceptional, complex work to unveil its multiple dimensions, deepening the existentialist inquiry into the purpose of art.

18 Feb 2017 | Panel Discussion: Poetry and Existence IV
Why do poets write? How does poetry grow with a poet as he or she ages and shapes the way he or she understands himself or herself, others, and the world? What can the reading of poetry do for us in our own lives? Join Gwee Li Sui as he concludes his four-year-long seminal series of lectures at The Arts House with a panel discussion featuring Felix Cheong and Lin Hsin Hsin. Listen and interact with these poets who have helped shape our cultural landscape as they share about their private living in art.

Admission to the panel discussion is free with registration. 

Event venue: Living Room
Buy Link: http://peatix.com/group/21983/
Event Price Information:

Regular: $20
Concession: $10

Event start date: 2017-01-07 14:44
Event end date: 2017-02-18 14:44
Custom Event Date(s): 17 Jan - 18 Feb 2017
Custom Event Time(s): 11AM - 1PM
Additional information:

About Gwee Li Sui
Gwee Li Sui is a poet, graphic artist, and literary critic. His works of verse include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), and The Other Merlion and Friends (2015).He wrote Singapore’s first long-form graphic novel in English, Myth of the Stone, in 1993. A familiar name in Singapore’s literary scene, Gwee has written and lectured on a range of cultural subjects. He wrote FEAR NO POETRY!: An Essential Guide to Close Reading (2014) and edited Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature II (2009), Telltale: Eleven Stories (2010), Man/Born/Free: Writings on the Human Spirit from Singapore (2011), Singathology: 50 New Works by Celebrated Singaporean Writers (2015), and Written Country: The History of Singapore through Literature (2016).

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Sing Lit 101: Panel Discussion: Poetry and Existence III

Panel Discussion: Poetry and Existence III
27 Feb| 3.30pm | Free admission by registration

What has the art of writing or reading of poetry got offer us in our daily lives? How does poetry grow with the poet through the years and shape the way he or she understands himself or herself, others, and the world? Join Gwee Li Sui as he closes another season of poetry lectures with a panel featuring poets, Ho Poh Fun and Alfian Sa'at. Take a walk with these figures who have helped shape our cultural landscape as they share about their lives steeped in the arts. Ho Poh Fun is the author of Katong and Other Poems, one of the most critically acclaimed collections of verse in the 1990s. The incomparable Alfian Sa'at is a poet, fiction writer, and playwright with 3 wildly popular collections of verse.



 

Event venue: Blue Room
Registration Link: http://singlitpoetryandexistence.eventbrite.sg
Event price: Free
Event start date: 2017-02-27 14:44
Event end date: 2017-02-27 14:44
Custom Event Date(s): 27 Feb 2016, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 3.30pm
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Sing Lit 101: How to Read a Singaporean Poem (Season 3)

2016 sees the return of Gwee Li Sui’s Sing Lit 101: How to Read a Singaporean Poem! In this third season, with six brand new two-hour lectures, the well-loved poet and literary critic takes his study of Singaporean English poetry from the 1980s into the blazing 1990s. 

Six specially chosen poems will be dissected for a range of spellbinding and often surprising meaning. Get clarifications of the seldom-discussed movements within Singaporean verse.

Singaporean English poetry from the 1980s into the blazing 1990s. Turn back the clock to a time when the life of verse itself had reached a standstill and observe how poets moved on from the crisis through an artistic revolution whose effects can still be felt today.

This is a perfect starter for the reader who wants to dip his/her toes into Singapore literature and poetry. Gwee’s talks are accessible, passionate, and always insightful. Regardless of age or background, be charmed by Gwee’s textual readings and find yourself drawn to the continuing relevance of verse.

Jan 16 | Ho Poh Fun's "Thoughtscapes Singapore, IX"
Jan 23 | Koh Buck Song's "A Brief History of Toa Payoh"
Jan 30 | Paul Tan's "我 是 (I Am)"
Feb 13 | Yong Shu Hoong's "The Key of Songs"
Feb 20 | Alvin Pang's "Made of Gold"
Feb 27 | Alfian Sa'at's "Singapore You Are Not My Country"

 

Enjoy 20% discount on group bookings (10 tickets or more) *applicable only to individual sessions

Event venue: Blue Room
Buy Link: http://www.bytes.sg/booking/frmbuytickets.aspx?EventID=716
Event Price Information:

Regular: $20, Season Pass: $100
Concession: $10, Season Pass: $50

Event start date: 2016-01-16 14:44
Event end date: 2017-02-27 14:44
Custom Event Date(s): 16 Jan - 27 Feb 2016
Custom Event Time(s): 11AM - 1PM
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Sing Lit 101: Panel Discussion: Poetry and Existence II

What have writing or reading poetry offered us in our daily lives? How does poetry grow with the poet through the years and shape the way he or she understands himself, others and the world? Join Dr Gwee as he closes a unique season of poetry lectures at The Arts House with a panel of respected poets, including Elangovan and Leong Liew Geok whose works were discussed this season. Take a walk with these individuals who have shaped our cultural landscape through their poems.

Elangovan

Elangovan, bilingual poet-playwright-director and Artistic Director of Agni Kootthu (Theatre of Fire), was educated in Raffles Institution. He obtained his BA from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and MA from the Middlesex University, UK, in Theatre Directing. He has published three collections of poetry and twelve collections of plays. Flush, Oodaadi, and 1915 received the Singapore Internationale Award. Three plays - Talaq (in 2000), Smegma (in 2006) and Stoma (in 2013) are still banned from performance in Singapore. His recent publication is The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Three Banned Plays, July 2014. He received the 1997 SEA (South-East Asia) Write Award in Bangkok, Thailand for his bilingual contribution to literature (poetry) and theatre in Singapore.

Leong Liew Geok

Leong Liew Geok is a poet and editor. She authored Love is Not Enough (1991) and Women without Men (2000), and edited More than Half the Sky: Creative Writings by Thirty Singaporean Women (1998) and Literary Singapore: a directory of contemporary writing in Singapore (2011) for the National Arts Council. Ever the optimist, she is still writing to complete a third collection of poetry!

This programme is supported by the National Arts Council.

Event venue: Play Den
Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/singlit-101-panel-discussion-poetry-and-existence-ii-tickets-13123180787
Event price: Free With Registration
Event start date: 2014-12-13 14:44
Event end date: 2014-12-13 14:44
Custom Event Date(s): 13 Dec 2014
Custom Event Time(s): 3pm - 5pm
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