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Singapore Writers Festival 2019
Festival Prologue by Marlon James

What constitutes a story and who gets to tell it? In a world that is simultaneously globalised and fractured, how can one use language to reclaim conversations and identities? Man Booker Prize winner and festival headliner Marlon James, author of Black Leopard Red Wolf and A Brief History of Seven Killings, ruminates on the power of language and stories in considering diversity and representation.

Start Sales Date

Early Bird Sales
Internet :
16 Sep 2019, 9am

Other channels:
16 Sep 2019, 10am

Public Sales
Internet :
1 Oct 2019, 12am

Other channels:
1 Oct 2019, 10am




Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

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Rating / Age Limit

  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
  • Infants in arms or children below the age of 6 shall not be admitted.
  • Children 6 years and above must purchase ticket for admission.

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Flash Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.

Through All SISTIC Channels
20% Discount for Early Bird
[Valid from till 30 Sep 2019]

20% Discount for Local & Overseas Students / Senior Citizen (55 years old & above) / Full-time National Servicemen 
[Valid from 1 Oct 2019 onwards ]
[Verification: Present valid ID / Student Pass / SAF 11B (Military IC)]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]

20% Discount for Group Booking with a minimum of 4 tickets
Valid from 1 Oct 2019 onwards]

30% Discount for Bulk Booking with a minimum of 10 tickets
[Valid from 16 Aug 2019 onwards]

20% Discount for Festival Pass Holder
[Present youth/ festival pass or Quote valid password upon purchase of tickets]
[Valid from 1 Oct 2019 onwards]

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Event Date
Sun, 3 Nov 2019


Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$30 (Free Seating)