Singapore is home to over 1 million migrant workers, meeting needs in sectors of domestic work, construction, shipping, and more. During their free time, many contribute to Singapore’s arts and cultural scene, bringing their unique experiences into the arts. Students will read, watch, and listen to published literary works, theatrical performances, and slam poems by migrant workers to cultivate an appreciation for their contributions to local literature. In doing so, students will discover how the migrant writing community have self-organised literary events to build connections with Singaporeans, empower each other, and how students can get involved in these projects.
Karisa Poedjirahardjo is an arts manager and writer. She manages community programmes at Sing Lit Station and conceptualised this workshop in collaboration with Migrant Writers of Singapore. Her work has been platformed on Destination: INK, the Esplanade, Kitaab, Singapore Unbound, SingPoWriMo Magazine, SPEAK, Speakeasy, Spoke & Bird, and more.