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Through Sing Chu Literature Lectures, Chou Sing Chu Foundation regularly invites outstanding individuals from the Chinese literary community to share their journeys with literature lovers. We hope that these masters of literature can reach out to the public and inspire all to continue making literature an essential part of their lives.
Jimmy Liao’s World of Picture Books
Born in Yilan, Taiwan, Jimmy Liao began his career as an illustrator and picture book writer in 1998. Jimmy loves telling stories through his illustrations, and believes that picture books are not only for children. Hence, he strives to create picture books for readers of all ages. Jimmy was named one of “Asia’s 55 most creative people” by Studio Voice, and was also one of the six outstanding individuals featured in Discovery Channel’s Portraits Taiwan series. Jimmy’s works have been adapted into musicals, television series, and films, and the animated film adaptation of A Fish with a Smile has won a Berlin International Film Festival prize. Jimmy has won multiple Golden Tripod Awards, the Prix Bernard Versele – a Belgian award for literature for children’s and youth literature – the Swedish Peter Pan’s Silver Star, and the First Prize for artistic illustration from Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. He has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award – the world’s most prestigious prize for children’s and youth literature – several times.
Jimmy Liao has been creating picture books since 1998. He has published over 60 titles, which have been translated into some 200 books in over 20 different languages. Jimmy’s creative works also includes musicals, music albums, films, animations, theme parks, art exhibitions, landscape art, and public art. Chou Sing Chu Foundation is pleased to welcome Jimmy to Singapore for the next Sing Chu Literature Lecture, when he will share his creative experiences from a career spanning over 20 years, do a reading from his works, and reveal the joy and inspiration that his work has brought him.
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Chang Show-foong, renowned Taiwanese author, brought readers in Singapore on a search for the source of Chinese culture and used everyday events to illustrate the wonders of life in this boundless world.
Renowned author Tung Chiao, in his first ever overseas public lecture, shared his thoughts on “A New Era of Words” of confronting the challenges of the new Internet-era media as a writer and a journalist, providing much food for thought for his Singapore audience.
As a passionate and dedicated literature lover, prominent novelist Dung Kai Cheung shared his experience of “Literature, Life and the Times” in Hong Kong with the literary fans in Singapore whilst kicking off the exciting first chapter of the Sing Chu Literature Lectures.