Back for its seventh edition, Lit Up Singapore has a new home this year at Neon Lights. Undoubtedly the hippest event on the annual literary arts calendar, the premier festival-within-a-festival presented by Word Forward is a two-day choc-a-block feast for fans of the spoken and written word.
Lit Up @ Neon Lights features some of the UK’s best urban live literature – “The Queen of British performance poetry” Francesca Beard with her “spine-tingling” one-woman show, and the 2015 Forward Prize shortlist nominee, critically-acclaimed “pitch perfect” poet Karen McCarthy Woolf – juxtaposed with environmental/pastoral poets from halfway across the world—Australia’s Verna Rieschild, descendant of revered novelist Robert Louis Stevenson and 2013 Central Coast Poet of the Year, as well as John Wright whose early Irish upbringing and life in semi-rural New South Wales lend to his unique ecological perspective in his poetry.
Canadian-born poet Arianna Pozzuoli who has competed successfully at various slams across four continents, will share the stage with the best from Singapore’s spoken word scene featuring poets from the Loud Mouth book series. There will be panel discussions including Singapore Literature Prize winner Josephine Chia alongside poetic-storytelling by Uncle Raja and his Flying Carpet Tales for family audiences.
With over 40 well-known and beloved authors, poets and performers bringing words to life throughout the weekend, Lit Up @ Neon Lights will reach fever pitch as poets go head-to-head in the high-octane National Poetry Slam Championship.
A family-friendly programme with Parental Guidance recommended.
Images: Francesca Beard