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Singapore Book Fair 2015 showcases leading publishers in Asia

Singapore, 4 June 2015 --- The Singapore Book Fair 2015(新加坡书展)will be held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Exhibition Hall 401 - 402 from 3 to 9 June 2015

The annual event is officially opened by Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Communications and Information this morning.

Back for the 30th year, the Singapore Book Fair is organised by Singapore Press Holdings' Lianhe Zaobao 《联合早报》, Lianhe Wanbao 《联合晚报》and Shin Min Daily News 《新明日报》 and supported by Ministry of Education(新加坡教育部), National Library Board(国家图书馆管理局), National Book Development Council of Singapore (新加坡全国书籍发展理事会), Singapore Book Publishers Association (新加坡图书出版协会), ASEAN Book Publishers Association (亚细安图书出版协会), Singapore Chinese Publishers Association(新加坡华文出版协会), The Straits Times 《海峡时报》and My Paper《我报》.

In conjunction with the Singapore Book Fair, Lianhe Zaobao and the Singapore Memory Project team of the National Library Board are launching a new book “A Collection of Our Shared Memories”.  The book is a collection of comic works featured in an exhibition to commemorate Lianhe Zaobao's 90th anniversary in 2013. 

Featuring more than 100 comic strips published in local Chinese newspapers from 1929 to 2015, the book also contains new content not seen in the exhibition. The comics, specially curated by newspaper editors, form a "history gallery" of Singapore, which is made more meaningful as we celebrate the nation's 50th anniversary this year. 

A total of 72 copies of the comic book will be made available for loan at 24 public libraries (3 copies each), while 2 copies will be for reference at the Lee Kong Chien Reference Library from 4 June.

This year's Singapore Book Fair will showcase about 150 publishers across Asia. In addition, the fair offers a wide range of academic and professional books including e-learning, electronic books & multimedia publishing, educational materials, as well as teaching resources, supplementary materials, periodicals and enrichment programmes.

There will be seminars conducted by renowned local and foreign writers from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and United States.  They will speak on a wide range of topics including lifestyle, teaching methods, learning skills, inspirational and fengshui. Some authors will also conduct book review discussions. 

Another highlight of the fair is the Taiwanese Writers’ Talk Series (台湾作家讲座系列-“新台交响阅”) from 6 to 7 June.  The four Taiwanese acclaimed writers, namely Mr Fu Mi Jiang (敷米浆), Mr Wu Jo-Chuan (吴若权), Mr Si Yi (肆一) and Mr Ku Ling (苦苓) will share their passion on reading, writing and the world of literature.

The Book Swop, which encourages book lovers to exchange books with other avid readers, is back by popular demand. It is jointly organised by Red Pine Cultural Industries Management and Arts Inc Singapore, and supported by National Library Board and Beacon International College.

Appearing for the first time at the book fair this year is a cultural section called “Chinese Culture – The Hall of Experience” where various Chinese cultural activities will be showcased. Students get to experience studying in a Confucius Classroom, dressed in traditional Chinese costumes. There will be on-the-spot painting competition at the Merlion Creativity Zone, comics exhibition and photography exhibition(孔子书院、鱼尾狮创作区、漫画展、照片展)which is jointly organised by the three Chinese newspapers and SC International Creaculture Group Pte Ltd(新中国际文创集团).

In line with the objective of the Singapore Book Fair to promote the reading habit and inculcate the importance of education amongst the young, the organiser, with the support of Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, presented S$50,000 worth of book vouchers to over 1000 children from low-income families. These children are from self-help groups including the Chinese Development Assistance Council, Yayasan Mendaki, Sinda and the Singapore Eurasian Association. Each child will be given S$50 worth of book vouchers to purchase books and education materials.

Over 150,000 visitors are expected at the fair this year. Apart from the wide range of books, this year's event will also include book launches, school competitions, Chinese debates, Scrabble competition, Chinese Lantern Riddles, meet-the-author sessions, educational talks, as well as copyright signing ceremony. 

Guest of Honour Ms Sim Ann also presented the Inspiring Chinese Language Teachers Awards 
(全国模范华文教师奖)at the opening ceremony this morning. There are 8 winners this year.  

Singapore Book Fair is open daily from 11am to 10pm except for 9 June (11am to 8pm).  Admission is free. For public enquiries, contact the Show Management Office at Tel: 68217194.

Highlights of Singapore Book Fair 2015

Wide Selection of Books, Magazines, Educational Materials and E-books
There will be a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction titles for children and adults, as well as resource materials, magazines, religious content materials and supplementary books not commonly found in bookshops. Also available are innovative products and interactive games to help children develop their mental and social skills through play.

The Book Swop
The Book Swop will be held from 3 - 9 June. Members of the public are encouraged to bring along their old books to participate in the Book Swop. A coupon will be issued for each book collected. The coupon can be used to exchange for other books. Fiction and non-fiction books in the four official languages are accepted. Textbooks, assessment books, magazines and audio-visual materials will not be accepted at the Book Swop. Each person will be entitled to a lucky dip for any 10 books and above exchanged.

Overseas Pavilions
Overseas publishers including those from China and Taiwan will participate in this year's book fair. These publishers will offer a wide range of best-selling books. The genre include English and Chinese novels, Medical, Cultural, Health & Wellness, Children's Literature, Self-help and more.

  
Books on Religion
Books on various religions can be found at the Books on Religion section.

Stage Activities
A host of activities will be organised at the Stage Area daily for visitors.  Refer to attached stage programme line-up.

Daily Activities at the Activity Corner:
Chinese Lantern Riddles (1pm – 4pm) & (5 – 8pm)
Scrabble Competition (1pm – 2pm2.15pm – 3.15pm3.30pm - 4.30pm4.45pm – 5.45pm6pm – 7pm7.15pm – 8.15pm)

Chinese Culture - The Hall of Experience
- Confucius classroom sessions for children dressed in traditional costume.  There will be teachers leading the sessions, reciting ancient poems from the Three Character Classics《三字经》and Di Zi Gui《弟子规 .

- Photography Exhibition - the First Express Way in Ancient China of the Qin Dynasty 秦直道”行记): A 34-day trekking adventure by a four-member group from China.  

- Chinese Shanghai Artist Mr Li Shou Bai (李守白先生)will showcase his creative works and paper cuttings at the fair.  Mr Li will also give live demonstrations. (Date & Time: Mon- Fri: 11am – 12pm6pm – 7pm. Sat-Sun:11am – 12pm2pm – 3pm, 6pm – 7pm) 

- Merlion Creativity Zone.  Participants who participate in a painting competition can purchase the Merlion bookmark at $1 each 

Show Promotion: Lucky Dip
Visitors who spend $30 at the book fair will be entitled to a lucky dip and stand a chance to win attractive prizes. While stock lasts. 

Please see attached list of winners for Inspiring Chinese Language Teachers Awards, list of activities at Singapore Book Fair 2015 and welcome speech by Mr Lim Huan Chiang, Chairman of Singapore Book Fair cum Vice President, Cultural Industry Promotion, Chinese Media Group, SPH. 

(See attached file: Winners List~Press Kit.xls)(See attached file: Press Release-2015 Winner List for Press Kit-English.doc)(See attached file: Final 28 May~SBF 2015 Stage Activities Programme.doc)
(See attached file: LimHCspeech3.docx)

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For media queries, please contact:

Ms Susan Tan

Cultural Industry Promotion
Chinese Media Group

Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1902 

Email: tanccs@sph.com.sg

Mr Francis Mah
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Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
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mahys@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Media 

The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section). It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH's other new media initiatives include Asiaone, Stomp, omy.com and SPH Razor. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like hardwarezone.comherworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

Properties
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.


Other Businesses


Online Classified

SPH's online classified include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine.

SPH's regional joint venture online classified business, 701Search, has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.


Events and Exhibitions
Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 
 
Education
SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.


For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.