16 Oct '11, 9pm

First-time authors, including @Jeanette_Aw and Xiao Han, unveil their works at the Singapore Writers Fest 2011

WHEN the Singapore Writers Festival kicks off on Friday, there will certainly be a palpable sigh of relief among booklovers across the island. At a time when they're bemoaning the death of reading and the written word (and looking wistfully at that empty shell at Wheelock Place formerly known as Borders), a nine-day event featuring 126 writers seems like reassuring proof that, yes, these beleaguered creatures still exist - and they come in all shapes and sizes. Amid all the big-shot best-selling authors with ties to Hollywood and serious looking academic-types, we spotted TV actress Jeanette Aw, ex-gangster-turned-gym instructor Joshua Foo and Mandarin songwriter Xiao Han in the line-up. What are they doing at the festival? Why, revealing their literary side, of course. Now sit down, children, as these three unlikely writers tell you their story. THE ACTRESS Jeanette Aw wi...

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