The Book Council is a charity founded in 1968 to address literacy issues in Singapore. That mission has since evolved into encouraging and supporting local content creation through writing, reading, illustrating and storytelling. The Book Council’s vision is focused on Building Our Imagine-nation by developing creativity, imagination and original thought.
The Book Council supports the community at all levels, from language programmes for children, to aspiring individuals and professionals like writers, illustrators, storytellers and relevant industry partners by providing a platform to learn, network and collaborate. It also organises events to foster professional and community engagement like the annual Asian Festival of Children’s Content and All In! Young Writers Festival, and grants prestigious awards, like the Singapore Literature Prize, to recognise and encourage excellence. Finally, The Book Council offers publishing-related and literary arts-focused courses and workshops to enhance skills and encourage lifelong learning through its training arm, the Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing.
The Book Council aims to become a hub for Asian content for the world, encouraging stories to be created and told across platforms. Through telling local stories by writing or illustrations, it promotes understanding, determines legacy and connects Asia with the world.
It all starts with a story.