What is Book Village?
Ethos Books’ school outreach programme aims to connect the publisher, authors and readers. It takes a village to raise a child, and that is why the Book Village believes in working closely with both schools and authors to create experiences that will socialise and nourish students through reading and writing that’s close to home. Our school programmes do this in three ways:
Giving Voice to Literature
Our programmes are not just for lit students! We have curated a series of assembly talks aimed at students of all levels to cultivate interest in stories of impact, and appreciation for SingLit
Creating, Reading, Owning Literature
How can students develop an ownership and love for literature? Perhaps, when they can see themselves in it. Our workshops focus on encouraging students to read, analyze and create their own stories.
We believe in learning outside the classroom. This is why we’re proud to have two former Singapore athletes in the Book Village who can speak candidly about their experiences and struggles in their teenage years. These sharings aim to relate with students and inspire them at meaningful milestones in their lives.
Voice in Singaporean Poetry
How is poetry in Singapore different from the poetry of other countries? What do Singaporean poets write about, and why? How has the poetic voice changed over time? Students will be introduced to the themes, as well as the cultural and emotional concerns of Singaporean poetry from the 70s to the present day.
Pushing Boundaries: What is and what can be with Danielle Lim
Danielle’s book, The Sound of SCH, won the Singapore Literature Prize 2016 (non-fic-tion). It is the true story of her uncle who had schizophrenia, and her mother who spent 30 years as his caregiver. In this talk, Danielle will share with students about creative writing as pushing the boundaries between “what is” and “what can be”.
What Is Poetic Form?
This is an intermediate-level workshop that asks: What is poetic form? Is it all about Shakespeare or is there something more? How can I read and write poetry in form effectively? This session will expand your idea of form in the arts and poetry, and introduce you to local poetry written in all kinds of shapes and sizes.
How do we write about literature effectively? In this entry-level workshop (which may be treated as a refresher for advanced students), the basics of expository writing will be explored. Through lively activities such as mock debates, students can get practical experience on how to build strong arguments, persuade people, but also understand the value in listening to differing viewpoints.