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UPDATED: 16 JULY 2017
2017 is my 39th year in Singapore and as always, nothing stays the same and the changes keep on coming!
I’m honoured that the National Arts Council has promoted me onto the ENHANCED ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMME - I am the first individual in the literary arts to be given this privilege. It enables me to tailor programmes (or devise new ones) to suit a school’s needs and to submit the proposal for approval, without having to wait for the biennial submission process to come around. Thanks to the quality of my track record, and the trainers I have worked with, the NAC expects to approve any submissions very rapidly indeed.
Stories Through Art
The National Gallery has appointed me to run this exciting free programme for kids aged 5 - 12 for the year . At each 45 minute session I, or one of my team (Chuah Ai Lin, Shalni Doshi and Alice Bianchi-Clark), will share stories inspired by one of six carefully selected art works - such as the National Language Class by Chua Mia Tee above. Open to primary schools & community groups. ENQUIRY
STORY CARNIVAL @ the ENABLING VILLAGE September 1 & 2 (10.30am - 6pm daily)
I’m busy preparing for this exciting celebration which I’m presenting with fellow storyteller SHEILA WEE, with whom
I have set up STORY CONNECTION LTD, a non-profit company dedicated to Strengthening Community Through Story.
While Story Connection was created in order to manage the 398.2 Storytelling Festival and oversee its future development as the leading story festival in Asia, the company is keen to present community-based story programmes throughout the year. We are delighted that SG ENABLE, which manages the Village, has agreed to be our Venue sponsor for this new initiative which celebrates the spirit of Inclusion here in Singapore.
I will be telling some stories with GOPHI NATHAN that incorporate sign language and voice; LILY GOH, who was recently profiled in the Straits Times for her involvement in this year’s NDP; and JAFFAR ISMAIL, a talented visually-impaired msucian will join Lily in the concert being organised VIVIENNE WONG who gave us such a great concert in last year’s 398,2 Festival.