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[Read! Fest 2019] Capturing the Streets and Places of Old Singapore

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07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


National Library
100 Victoria Street National Library Board



This programme was originally scheduled to be held at Multi-Purpose Room, B1. But to increased capacity we have moved it to Possibility Room, Level 5.


This year, the sixth instalment of Read! Fest is anchored on the theme of Voyage. Book a trip with us and discover alternative forms of reading at Read! Fest 2019 programmes as we journey through space and time, only from 22 June – 28 July.


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Programme synopsis


As Singapore's landscape continues to evolve rapidly, pictorial publications and photographic blogs play a significant role in recording our physical heritage as well as telling the stories of the individuals and communities behind the places. In this panel moderated by Chua Ai Lin, join writers Julian Davison (Black and White, Singapore Shophouse), Lai Chee Kien (Singapore, Then and Now; Through the Lens of Lee Kip Lin), and Jerome Lim, blogger of The Long and Winding Road as they talk about their passion in keeping heritage alive.


Speaker Profiles

Chua Ai Lin is the Executive Director of the Singapore Heritage Society, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to heritage conservation. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (UK) and was formerly an Assistant Professor at the Department of History, National University of Singapore. She has published on social and cultural history in colonial Singapore in BiblioAsia, Modern Asian Studies, and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, among others. Currently, she also sits on the National Library Advisory Committee.   


Julian Davison is the son of an architect and spent his formative years in Singapore and Malaysia (1956–1979). He was educated in England at the King’s School Canterbury and Durham University, and has a doctorate in social anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. A Singapore resident, Davison is an independent scholar specialising in local history and colonial-era architecture; he was a Lee Kong Chian Fellow at the National Library of Singapore in 2010.


Jerome Lim is the blogger behind award-winning heritage blog, The Long and Winding Road, which he started to capture his memories of old Singapore. He photographs and writes about buildings, places and people from Singapore’s past that are important to him. The blog was named Best Photography Blog at the Singapore Blog Awards in 2011 and 2012. In 2017, he has also led a series of heritage tours called Discovering Singapore’s Best Kept Secrets for Singapore Land Authority.


Lai Chee Kien is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar), and also a registered architect in Singapore. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur (2007), Cords to Histories (2013), Through the Lens of Lee Kip Lin (2015) [Best Non-Fiction Title, Singapore Book Awards, 2016], Building Memories: People, Architecture, Independence (2016) [Book of the Year, Singapore Art Book Awards, 2017] and The Merdeka Interviews (2018).   


Registration notes:


  • Should you be unable to attend this programme, please release your slot using the ‘self-cancellation’ function in the automated email. This will free up the slot for another person. There is no waitlist for this programme.
  • Seats will not be reserved for latecomers.
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