Same Same But Different 2018


Same Same But Different

What happens when you put Singaporean and Malaysian writers together in a room? What will they talk about? Where to find the best food, or the best bookstore? Or maybe they will compare notes on books from each country? Five writers from both sides of the causeway have come together to take part in this special literary exchange Same Same But Different. The view from across the causeway may seem similar but yet different. But perhaps the writers – through a celebration of new book launches, conversations and music performances – will discover that they have more things in common than not.

Programme Partner: Singapore Book Council

Rating: General Public

Date: 23 September 2018
1:00PM – 5.00PM
Playden @ The Arts House
Tickets: $10 (tea included)


1.00pm – 1.45pm Book Launch – Malcolm

1.45pm – 2.00pm Tea Break

2.00pm – 4.00pm Same Same but different

Writers On Writers I - Featuring: Wani Ardy and Theophilus Kwek

Writers On Writers II - Featuring: Brian Gomez and Balli Kaur Jaswal

4.00pm – 4.15pmTea Break

4.15pm – 5.00pm Book Launch – Yasmin Ahmad

Book Launch – Diary of a Rich Kid by Malcolm Mejin

More than just secrets …

Robin Jins about to embark on a new adventure with his best friends—a trip to the Bahamas! Hes all prepped up for the ultimate vacation of a lifetime. Traveling in style is the way it should be.

But things arent turning out the way Robin has envisioned—the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas arent as inviting as they should be.

Something sinister is ready to unfold, turning Robins vacation into an unforgettable roller-coaster ride.

Writers On Writers I

Featuring: Wani Ardy and Theophilus Kwek

Join Malaysian creative writer, poet, and singer-songwriter Wani Ardy and the Singapore Literature Prize-shortlisted poet Theophilus Kwek as they talk about their love for poetry, and why literature matters now more than ever.

Writers On Writers II

Featuring: Brian Gomez and Balli Kaur Jaswal

What are the ingredients that make a book a potent read? What novelistic techniques and personal experiences can writers draw on to shape their narrative? Let the fiction writers Brian Gomez and Balli Kaur Jaswal tell you how they do it.

Performance and reading

Featuring: Brian Gomez, Wani Ardy and Theophilus Kwek

Don’t miss this special showcase featuring writers-musicians Brian Gomez and Wani Ardy as they perform their original works, together with a poetry reading by Theophilus Kwek.

Book Launch – Why “Yasmin I lup chew”

“Yasmin kisses us and says this delightfully ridiculous Malaysian version of “I love you” – “I lup chew” – whenever we part. Followed by an “Asalamualaikum” of course. She had so much “lup” to share. All her life, she also generously shared whatever knowledge she found useful with others.

This is why this book is so important to us.

In it are her handwritten notes and photos– all kept in simple empty shoeboxes in our home. You will see her observations, her first attempts at script writing, at poetry, at story-telling. Admittedly, her initial attempts are might seem clumsy, but she never gave up trying.

In them, you can see tiny glimpses of what eventually would become her countless little filmlets for her work in advertising, her six movies and as well as her yet-to-be-filmed script based on her beloved mother, Mak Inom, entitled “Wasurenegusa” which is the Japanese word for the “Forget Me Not” flower. Yasmin took her close friends’ and our family’s idiosyncrasies, and incorporated them into her films Sepet, Gubra, Mukhsin, Talentime, Muallaf, and of course, Rabun.

We hope that when you read this book, you too will be inspired by the sense of the ridiculous within your own families, and discover your own specialness too.

As Yasmin always said, she makes films to entertain Mak and me. For all the joy she has brought us, we would like to share it with you.

Thank you for reading this, and please pray with me that God bless the souls of Yasmin and Mak Inom. Al-Fatihah.

Yasmin, I lup chew & miss you so much

Haji Ahmad bin Hashim aka Abah”

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