Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: Singapore Tour

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Singapore Tour


My week-long Singapore schools tour has been an explosion of colour, creativity and fine humans. I think that this city, at the collision-point of the world, is uniquely positioned to breed young storytellers with a truly international perspective. I have visited a wide range of schools talking about Room to Read, writing techniques and the new books. Here are some pics...
At the Singapore Cricket Club with Overseas Family School librarian Kate Stanley.
Ned Kelly Pop Art at the Australian International School
I found the students in Singapore, both international and local students, respectful, creative, enthusiastic, funny and hardworking. In workshop sessions I  was treated to many snippets of finely observed detail and wildly imaginative writing.

The centrepiece at United World College South-East Asia East campus.
Overseas Family School has almost 4000 students from 75 different nations and United World College SEA East has 2500 students from around 95 countries.


On a Story Safari in the wilds of the UWC SEA East  campus.
UWC SEA East students creating with our Story Scrapbook transmedia brainstorming app
(Web version to be released soon).

With primary school librarian Debbie Diaz and a soon-to-be-named English teacher at UWC.
Not too sure why I felt compelled to pull a face in both of these shots. Must be nervousness around librarians. ;-)

With Meg Johnson at Australian International School.
Test-driving new stamp with extra 'Blam' courtesy of Gus Gordon. ;)))
My previous experience of Singapore was Orchard Road, East Coast Park and Chinatown. This time, I was lucky enough to be taken by friends and colleagues to neighbourhoods like Tiong Bahru, Holland Village, Duxton Hill, Marina Bay, Sentosa and Little India, which has massively broadened my understanding and appreciation of the 'Pore.

Was forced to tour the city for the weekend in a friend's old rust bucket. :)
Foul-looking, yet strangely tasty Singaporean dessert.
Wacky Egyptian-t house, Sentosa Island.
Looking like a goon on my maiden Segway voyage.
Looking forward to returning to this hot, uber-efficient, constantly surprising city in 2015.

A huge thank you to Jennie Orchard, Linda Twitchett, Meg Johnson, Jo-Anne Ward, Kate Stanley, Tamara James-Wyachai, Debbie Diaz, Shelly Dee and Yibing Quek who made the tour happen.
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