Intent on strengthening the creative arts and humanities, Singapore is to provide S$1.5 (US$1.2 million) to establish a new writer-in-residence programme at Nanyang Technological University, where local and international literary names will write and teach.
The three-year programme run jointly by Nanyang and Singapore's National Arts Council, which begins in August, is the first of its kind in Singapore, which has been known to focus mainly on building up its science and technology sectors.
Dean of humanities, arts and social sciences, Professor Alan Chan, said "the programme will support the development of Singapore literature by giving valuable time and space to Singapore's own writers, allowing them to take on and develop substantial creative projects.
"By drawing top international writers to Singapore, the programme will also help foster dynamic new connections between local and global literatures," he said.
The positions will be open to novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, graphic novelists and writers of creative non-fiction.
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