Tuesday, September 20, 2016

100 WRITERS _____ Kindly join me, a round of applause please, this weekend these young ladies are launching their work in WRITE THE WORLD LITERARY JOURNAL 2016 at Booktique

NOTE: This post is part of my 100 WRITERS project.

My friend Claudine Fernandez is organising a very special book launch event this Saturday. The book is Write the World - Young Voices Across the Globe: Best of 2016, and it features over sixty student writers from around the world, including four from Singapore. You’ll get to check out their poems, flash fiction, short pieces, and more. These works were previously showcased on the www.writetheworld.com website. The book also contains writing resources for teachers.

Write the World is an online community that aims to help high school students all over the world write like champions. Through the activities on the website, these young writers learn to express themselves with confidence, develop editing skills, and get a chance to see their work published, all to prepare them for greater success in life.

Details for the book launch event below. Three of the four local writers will be there to sign books and answer questions. And here's a treat: scroll down below to read a quick interview with each of them, and find out about how they were inspired to write the selected pieces.

Keep writing. Keep sharing. Keep getting better.

— D

Book Launch
WHEN: 24 September 2016 at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Booktique Where Writers Shop
1 Raffles Link #B1­17A CityLink Mall
Singapore 039393
Claudine Fernandez, Education Representative


Raiya Binti Bashir Basalamah
I am currently 17 years old and studying in SOTA (School of the Arts, Singapore) where I pursue a passion other than writing: theatre, and I enjoy writing for prompts that challenge me to express something beautiful with very few words.
My pieces entitled In Your Hands and Simplicity are published in the journal...
Inspiration: For In Your Hands, it was my fascination towards humanity's connection with the Universe at the time. For Simplicity, it was the imagery of a drop of honey spreading its gold colour in a glass of milk that came to me immediately when I thought of what "simplicity" meant to me.

Shivani Ekkanath
I am currently pursuing my IB diploma at NPS International. I love writing, singing and dancing. My blog is my sanctuary and form of escapism and reading the news is my window into the world. I aspire to become a political and war journalist when I grow up and hope to attend Columbia University for my further studies.
My piece,'Medley' has been selected to appear in the journal. It was initially a response to a prompt that I was asked to write about nine months back. For this piece, I had to speak of my home country in ten words. Medley encompasses just this. I have expressed my love for India, but also hinted at the veil that hides India's history and the various issues that it is still burdened with. The word, 'Medley'  is a simple concept that describes my melange of emotions.
Inspiration: This piece is rather personal and my inspiration to write it  was deeply embedded in the love I have for India and my semi- annual visits every year. The knowledge I have of India's history, politics, issue and current affairs also played a pivotal role in enabling me to choose the correct words and phrases to use in my piece. It was a piece that was very easy to form an emotional connection with. 10 was the word limit, I had to pick very cautiously!
Contact me- +65 98909408
email- sekkanath6@gmail.com

Victoria Foo
I was born in the beginning of the year 2000 and at the moment, I'm studying at an art school. Visual Arts may be my specialty, but I appreciate every other art form there is out there.
Rain Cloud was the first piece I submitted to Write The World, and I felt very proud of the final outcome, for it brings me the chilling sensation of being cocooned by the rain.
Inspiration: At that point in time, it was pouring outside, and I happened to be drinking apple tea. And just like the persona, I related very much with her love for rain.
Instagram, Tumblr: @Vixpinkaay

Emily Liang
I'm semi-sweet and a little nutty, I love reading, playing chess, watching TED talks, Good Mythical Morning and the warm embrace of the afternoon sun.
My piece called Turning Darkness into Light is featured in the journal. It's about soldering on despite knowing that the odds of yourself winning will not be high.
Inspiration: I was reading "A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling and his infectiously amazing choice of diction captivated me wholly. So, I decided to mimic his style and write a short piece.
I'm not a social person, sorry about that!

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