Arts festivals and fairs are born with some pomp. They then grow, peak and, in some cases, fade away – the celebrated and long-running Penang Island Jazz Festival, which would have turned 15 in 2018, was sadly cancelled last year; while Art Stage Singapore pulled the plug in January. Funds either dry up, or popularity dwindles. Oftentimes, it’s reimagine or be retired.
The George Town Literary Festival – or GTLF, to avoid a mouthful – is still cracking on. It is now in its ninth year, and this year, its theme is “forewords/afterwords”.
Beginning with five authors in 2011 and under the ...
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