Saturday, November 18, 2006

Silverfish Books - for people who like to read

when i was going through primary school in singapore, i remember there was a private reading club called bookworm club that was promoting reading amongst singaporean kids. it was very effective in reaching out to all kids my age in school and was instrumental in inspiring us to pick up reading at our tender young age. unfortunately there was no such reading club that targeted Singaporeans after primary school that worked at a national level. in a country where reading is not a prefered activity, the absence of such clubs makes it even more difficult for reading to become a common past time.

even amongst readers in singapore there is no decent reading club within the country. hence it became a great relief when i found silverfish books based in kuala lumpur. it has done a great job in recent years to gather local stories and publish them, to promote reading and to promote writing short stories. singaporeans who strongly desire and engage themselves in their free time in mostly entertainment truely need the growth of reading clubs in order for growth of strong ideas and true creativity in a country barren of it.

6 Comments:

At 3:26 PM, Blogger saedah said...

Sadly, reading culture is not so evident in Singapore. You hardly see people reading in public places except the library and bookstores. Book club would be nice. At least you know you are not the odd one out. :-)
Has Farish Noor published any of his travelogues?

 
At 6:48 PM, Blogger ney_reed said...

i have been approached to lead a proposed new book club. you can join it if inshallah it materializes :)

i dont think farish has published his travelogues... but i think he will... he is very busy now travelling... even his website is being maintained by his friend...

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger saedah said...

Nice. Keep me informed of the book club. Looking forward to be a member. :-)

 
At 3:53 AM, Anonymous Hazia said...

First time dropping by. I'm from KL.
I'm attending Silverfish's 10-week creative writing course. Last class is this Saturday. It's been great!
I missed Farish's talk organised by the bookstore recently though.

 
At 8:03 AM, Anonymous mcrystal22 said...

oh wow! a book club! sounds exciting!! Would be interested to find out more too.

 
At 6:13 PM, Blogger ney_reed said...

havent got any good response for a book club yet... it needs some more time. meanwhile its worthwhile to join silverfish and head up north whenever they organize workshops etc.

 

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