Spreading The Love of SingLit

From the #BuySingLit Working Committee

“Buy Local, Read Our World.”

The #BuySingLit movement returns for the second year this March from 9 to 11 March. Singapore literature, affectionately known as SingLit, is our narratives, our lives, and collective stories. They form our experiences and our culture. The aim of the initiative is simple: as captured in the tagline, it is to encourage the public to “buy local and read our world”. By buying a local book, we are investing in SingLit and deepening our roots here. In other words, we are building and creating our home.

Riding on the success of the initiative last year, #BuySingLit 2018 looks set to spread even more love of SingLit with over 50 programmes, in four different languages across the island. One major highlight is Love Letters to Singapore, a project by Ethos Books in partnership with Singapore Post. Twelve writers have penned an ode to their own neighbourhood, and 240,000 copies of their letters will be sent out to Singaporeans living in these neighbourhoods. Also, Bras Basah Complex, the “City of Books”, will play host to three outdoor art installations that celebrate the stories of the booksellers there.

From children to food lovers and history buffs, the #BuySingLit programmes have something for everyone. Over 30 programme partners have come together to organise an extensive, appealing line-up of events over three days: A literary festival Textures and book bazaar at The Arts House; culinary experiences with writers; book-themed outdoor activities for children; illustration and travel writing workshops; music performances and romantic comedy plays, and many more! Take your pick!

We, the #BuySingLit Working Committee – a group of homegrown publishers, booksellers, distributors and literary non-profits – invite you to join us to take part in these events. Join us in the #BuySingLit movement to embrace and celebrate our Singapore stories!

#BuySingLit Working Committee