Sun, 16 Dec


National Gallery Singapore

Migrant Voices: Poetry Readings, Songs, Stories

Participants from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia & Singapore. Featuring the Carnival of Poetry Group (Singapore), Lintang Panjer Sore (Indonesia/HK), Cheng Chang (Taiwan), Mwaffaq Al-Hajjar (Syria/Malaysia). Moderated by Theophilus Kwek (Singapore).

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Migrant Voices: Poetry Readings, Songs, Stories

Time & Location

16 Dec 2018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957

About the Event

Born in a small village near Rembang, Indonesia, Lintang Panjer Sore has been working as a migrant worker in Hong Kong since 2009. She is the author of several poetry collections such as Traktat Cinta dan Dosa Dalam Dendam, Telenta Pengukir Tinta Emas bagian 1 dan 2. Jejak Mata Pena, Kemboja Bercerita. Perempuan di Muara Rantau. Lentera sastra 2, and short story collection "Jamur Luka, Mimpi Yang terputus, I am not an Angel, Pergi Untuk Kembali. Maafkan Aku".​ Lintang has been running a library for migrant workers in Hong Kong since 2011 .

Cheng Chang is the co-founder of ‘4-way Voice Monthly(四方報)’ (2006), ‘Grandma Bridge Plan(外婆橋計畫)’ (2011-2015), ‘Singing in Taiwan(唱四方)’ (2013-2015), and ‘Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants’ (2014- ). In 2015, Cheng Chang started the ‘Bringing Back Books That You Cannot Read’ event, and found a Southeast Asia-themed bookstore called ‘Brilliant Time’. He is dedicated to improving understanding between migrants and locals, and building a diverse, fair, and friendly society.

Mwaffaq Al-Hajjar is an engineer, creative writer and performer from Damascus, Syria. Mwaffaq has been living in KL, Malaysia since 2016 and won first prize at the 2017 poetry competition for migrants and refugees in Malaysia. He has also studied music (Solfège) in Damascus, Syria and performed in several theatre performances, such as The Refugee Festival. Mwaffaq is completing and publishing his first poetry book soon.

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