Baba Nyonya Literary Festival

The Peranakan Association Singapore (TPAS)
is proud to present the inaugural

Baba Nyonya Literary Festival
July 20 and 21, 2019 / 1pm to 6pm

The Peranakan Gallery
Level 2, Claymore Connect, 442 Orchard Road
Singapore 238879

The Festival is a showcase of Peranakan culture
through literature by both Peranakans and non-Peranakans.

Day 1:

Peek into the lives of great Peranakans and learn about their roles in the development of Singapore.

Vivienne Tan reads from her book, Tan Kim Seng: A Biography.

Shawn Seah reads from his two books, Seah Eu Chin, His Life & Times and Leader & Legislator – Seah Liang Seah. Seah Liang Seah was a founding member of the Straits Chinese British Association, which is today The Peranakan Association Singapore.

Rambunctious entertainment follows by Nyonya authors who, like the protagonists in their stories, embody spunk, brilliance and earthiness.

Stella Kon will read from Emily of Emerald Hill, Josephine Chia from When a Flower Dies and Lee Su Kim from Manek Mischiefs.

To add to the festivity, Chan Eng Thai will bedazzle with a dondang sayang recital.

Day 2:

Lim Kay Tong will read from the late Lee Kip Lee’s autobiography, Amber Sands: A Boyhood Memoir, which traces Lee’s journey as a young boy in the colonial years, through the Japanese Occupation and pre-Independence years.

Ovidia Yu will thrill and delight as she reads from her series of novels on Aunty Lee, the much-loved amateur sleuth. Walter Woon will read from The Advocate’s Devil which is about a Baba hero’s adventures in colonial Singapore.

Food is never far from the heart of Peranakans. Sylvia Tan will lead by the gut when she speaks about her books, Modern Nonya and Asian Larder, while Christopher Tan will titillate taste buds as he reads from Nerd Baker: Extraordinary Recipes, Stories & Baking Adventures from a True Oven Geek.

Exploring our linguistic roots, poet-playwright-novelist, Robert Yeo, will read from his poem A Homage: Small Town Romance which is partly in Baba Malay, while Kenneth Chan will read from his upcoming book (to be published in October 2019), Chrita-chrita Baba – a collection of short fiction written in both Baba Malay and English.

The panel discussions with the writers will be moderated by Robert Yeo, Goh Eck Kheng (founder of Landmark Books), Ila Tyagi (Writing lecturer with Yale-NUS College) and Christopher Tan (award-winning food writer)

Books by the panel of writers will be available for sale at the Festival.

The venue is generously sponsored by The Peranakan Gallery.


One-day ticket: $30 / Two-day ticket: $50
(Includes an exquisite tea by The Peranakan Restaurant on both days.) This event is open to the public. TPAS Members will be given priority.

Purchase of tickets:

To purchase tickets, send your full name, phone number and number of tickets you wish to purchase to Ms Ngiam May Ling at and you will be advised of payment details. She may also be reached at mobile number 9741 0610 should you have any queries.

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.