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Singapore Book Fair Goes Online With Over 30 Live Programmes

Singapore, 13 May 2020 - Singapore Book Fair (SBF) returns this year with an online version called Singapore Book Fair Online Reading Week amidst the Covid-19 outbreak.

Organised by Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group for the 35th year, the online event from 18 – 25 May 2020 will feature 30 live programmes and pre-produced content to engage Singaporeans at home during the Circuit Breaker period.

The eight-day online event onhttps://singaporebookfair.sg includes live broadcast of local and overseas authors’ sharing sessions via teleconferencing, investment and health talks, story-telling sessions in English and Chinese by National Library Board staff and volunteers, panel discussions, music production workshops and podcasts.

Authors who will be participating in the Singapore Book Fair’s Online Reading Week include Taiwanese TV host and commentator Sisy Chen, Hong Kong TV host cum writer Leung Man-tao, China writer Yan Lian Ke and Taiwanese author Yang Zhao. More than 10 local English and Chinese writers will also be featured in panel discussions as well as the meet and greet sessions.

One of the panel discussions will feature Singapore Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh’s new book “50 Secrets of Singapore Success”. Moderated by The Straits Times Opinion Editor Chua Mui Hoong, the panelists include Singapore’s first Nominated Member of Parliament Dr Kanwaljit Soin, Head of Institute of Policy Studies Social Lab Dr Mathew Mathews, Straits Times Associate Editor Mr Vikram Khanna and Professor Tommy Koh himself. Former Member of Parliament for Kampong Glam Mr Loh Meng See will also be talking about his new book “Doing Right By People” at one of the meet and greet sessions.

Another highlight is the daily “Lunch With A Book” segment, where well-known personalities will dial in to have “lunch” with the audience and recommend a good book. On the list are politicians Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Baey Yam Keng and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of National Development Ms Sun Xueling; celebrities Li Nanxing, Lawrence Wong, Julie Tan, Chinese singer Hu Hai Quan and more.

This year’s SBF will feature more than 20 overseas and local publishers, and book retailers, offering over a thousand English and Chinese titles to be sold online. 

Commenting on this year’s event, Singapore Book Fair Organising Committee Chairperson Ms Loh Woon Yen said: “Many events had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the Singapore Book Fair 2020, which was scheduled to take place at Capitol Singapore this year. This prompted us to bring the event online to continue promoting reading among Singaporeans, especially during the circuit breaker period. With our compact week-long programmes and content, we hope to encourage more people to turn to reading for self-enrichment and to stay positive in these challenging times. We have also invited many local and overseas publishers and book retailers to participate in this online event and they will be showcasing their best books, including audio books and e-books.”

The Singapore Book Fair Online Reading Week is supported by Gov.sg to encourage Singaporeans to stay home, to practise personal and social responsibility and to stay engaged. 

 


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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.  

SPH's core business is in the publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media.

On the property front, SPH owns approximately 65% in SPH REIT whose portfolio comprises three properties in Singapore, namely Paragon, The Clementi Mall and The Rail Mall. In Australia, SPH REIT holds an 85% stake in Figtree Grove Shopping Centre and a 50% stake in Westfield Marion Shopping Centre.

SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall and is developing an integrated development consisting of The Woodleigh Residences and The Woodleigh Mall. It also owns a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom and Germany. 

It is in the aged care sector in Singapore and Japan, and owns Orange Valley, one of Singapore's largest nursing homes. 

SPH runs a regional events arm. It also invested in the education business.

 

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