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AP Writers’ 7th International Conference

In association with the National Book Development Council and Yale-NUS, the Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Association will be holding its annual conference in Singapore, at The Arts House. The focus is on Creative Writing and Literary Translation in the Asian Century and it is a gathering of authors, literary translators, publishers and others interested in networking and exploring ways to expand their readerships across cultures. Programmes include keynotes, panels, workshops, cultural events and free public readings. 

This event is co-organised by  APWriters, NBDCS and The Arts House.

AP Writers’ 7th International Conference

‘Bridging Cultures: Creative Writing and Literary Translation in the Asian Century’

At the Arts House, Singapore, 17-20 July 2014
Co-hosted by the National Book Development Council and the Arts House
In association with Yale-National University of Singapore

A multifaceted event that includes:


Ticket Price
Early Bird Full Conference US$50
Normal Full Conference (after 31 March) US$80
One-day Conference US$30

*Exclusively for Singapore Residents: FREE for first 30 registrations (S$50 thereafter)

Keynote Speakers and Panelists

If you would like to participate as a panelist, there is still time to register an expression of interest. Only short papers are accepted. We aim to avoid lengthy monologues seeking, instead, engaging, entertaining conversations among the panelists and audiences. Email [email protected].

Accommodation in Singapore

For those who can pay their booking before 1 March and who can stay for four (4) nights, we have secured the special rate of US$647.50 for FOUR nights for a limited number of rooms at the four-star Peninsula Excelsior Hotel close to the Arts House. Other sponsored delegates and keynotes will be staying here. This rate is applicable only for a four-night stay and only through our booking agent at Flight Centre Australia. To book a room here, email Danielle Bradbury [email protected]


We cannot sponsor attendees, but will write letters of support requesting your participation if this helps you secure your own funding.

Conference Program**

**The name of each session and the line-up of speakers will change as this program is refined.

Thursday 17 July
08:30 AM Lobby Registration opens.
09:00 C: Welcome by hosts and main sponsors in old Parliamentary Chamber
09:30 C: Keynote Address by Suchen Christine Lim
10:00 Parallel Roundtables
11.00 Break
11:30 Parallel Round tables
12:45 Lunch
02:00 Keynote #2 'Border Lover in Uncertain Times: Story-Making Across Cultures, Languages, and Literary Forms' by Merlina Bobis
03:00–03:45 Parallel Roundtables
04:00 Literary Walk, organised by the Arts House
07:00 PM Opening Night Dinner

Friday 18 July
09:00 AM Keynote address ‘Found in Translation - In Praise of a Plural World’ by Linda Jaivin
09:30 Parallel Roundtables
10:45 Break
11:15 Parallel Roundtables
01:00 Lunch break
02:00 Parallel Roundtables
03:00–03:45 Panel & Q&A: Triggering Imagination

Saturday 19 July
10.00 AM Special lecture followed by Q&A
11.00 Break
11.30–01.00 The World Readers Award – Nury Vittachi
1.00 Lunch
2:00 AP Writers’ AGM
4:00 Literary Walk #2
5:00 Book Launches
6:00–8:00 PM Readings at the Arts House

Sunday 20 July
Free Public Day at the Arts House


Speakers List (150KB pdf)