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Rising Stars: An Evening with Singaporean Writers


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Five of Singapore’s most exciting writers come to Melbourne as a part of their whirlwind tour across Australia.

About the Event

There are five stars arising out of the stormy sea, and they just so happen to be Singapore’s most vital and exciting writers at work today touring Australia. At this once-in-a-blue-moon event, hear from an incredible slate of Singaporean writers practicing across a wide range of genres and artistic modalities, as they discuss their work and writing practices in a special cross-cultural exchange.

The evening will open with a performance from spoken word artist and poet Shivram Gopinath, followed by insights into the Singaporean literary scene from Amanda Chong (poet and playwright), Daryl Lim Wei Jie (poet, editor, translator), Daryl Qilin Yam (novelist, arts organiser), and Joshua Ip (poet, arts organiser). Hosted by RMIT’s Sreedhevi Iyer.


Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture. Supported by Liminal Magazine. 


This event is supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore and Sing Lit Station, a literary non-profit and charity (est. Jul 2016) that serves as a platform where readers and writers meet.


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Assistive Listening

Auslan interpreting available by request

Companion tickets available

Registered Assistance Animals welcome

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Amanda Chong

Amanda Chong is a lawyer trained in Cambridge and Harvard who writes when she should be sleeping. Amanda explores themes of gender and power in her work as a poet and playwright. Her poetry collection, Professions (2016), was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018. Her poetry has bee... Read more

Shivram Gopinath

Born in Chennai, India, Shivram Gopinath is a poet who has called Singapore home for more than two decades. He arrived for a business management degree and stayed for the Char Kway Teow. His work has been heard at Singapore Writers Festival, Borobudur Cultural and Writers Festival, Jaipur Literary F... Read more

Joshua Ip

Joshua Ip is a Singaporean poet, editor, and literary organiser. He has published six-ish poetry collections, won the Singapore Literature Prize for his debut, sonnets from the singlish (Math Paper Press, 2012), and placed in three different categories of the Golden Point Award. His latest collectio... Read more

Daryl Lim Wei Jie

Daryl Lim Wei Jie 林伟杰 is a poet, editor and translator from Singapore. He is the author of A Book of Changes and Anything but Human, a finalist for the 2022 Singapore Literature Prize. He conceptualised and co-edited two anthologies: Food Republic: A Singapore Literary Banquet, which won ... Read more

Daryl Qilin Yam

Daryl Qilin YAM (b. 1991) is a writer, editor and arts organiser from Singapore. He is the author of the novella Shantih Shantih Shantih (2021), shortlisted for the 2022 Singapore Literature Prize, and the novel Lovelier, Lonelier (2021), the Singapore nominee for the 2023 International Dublin Liter... Read more

Sreedhevi Iyer

Sreedhevi Iyer is the author of The Tiniest House of Time, which was nominated for the SPN Book of the Year Award in 2021, and also The Star-Popular Readers Choice Award 2024 in Malaysia. Her previous book, Jungle Without Water, was nominated for the Penang Book Award in 2017. Sree is also a two-tim... Read more


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