The Big Book Launch

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24 May 2023 | 8:00 - 9:30pm
Black Box, 42 Waterloo Street

Free with registration.

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The Big Book Launch celebrates the release of accomplished Singaporean playwright, Zulfadli Rashid's brand new book, Kolong.

Join us for the book launch of our Writer-in-Residence, Zulfadli Rashid’s new anthology of plays! As a renowned playwright, Zulfadli Rashid has earned a reputation for creating compelling and thought-provoking works that challenge the status quo. Kolong gathers five of his plays - some whimsical, some heartbreaking - Hero (2009), Kancil (2015), Semeja (2017), Penunggu (2018) and Balik (2020).

Join us at The Big Book Launch for an evening of readings of select excerpts from Kolong, a panel discussion, and an exclusive pre-launch sale of the book, signed by the author himself. The readings will be performed by Irsyad Dawood and Siti Hajar Abdul Gani. The panel discussion will involve Zulfadli Rashid, Nabilah Said and Fezhah Maznan.

Whether you're a fan of Zulfadli Rashid's work or simply interested in exploring Singaporean literature, The Big Book Launch is an event you won't want to miss.

Note: The reading will be in Malay with English surtitles. The panel will be in English.

Browse a copy of Kolong in the C42 Archive!


A photograph of Nabilah Said holding a microphone against a backdrop of screens with the event poster for the Big Book Launch.

Beginning the night with an introduction by Nabilah Said!

A photograph of Fezhah Maznan, Writer-in-Residence Zulfadli Rashid and Nabilah Said, seated on stage in conversation with one another.

Fezhah and Nabilah chat with and ask Zulfadli, aka Big about his approach to playwriting and thoughts on the works published in Kolong

A photograph of actors Irsyad Dawood, standing, and Siti Hajar Abdul Gani, seated, reading from scripts with a projection of English surtitles behind them.

Excerpts from some of Big's plays were read by Siti Hajar Abd Gani and Irsyad Dawood. Photography by A. Syadiq.

A photograph of Zulfadli Rashid and Ridhwan Saidi from Moka Mocha Ink at a table with books laid out in front of them.

Book sales for the night! Kolong is published by Moka Mocha Ink. Co-founder Ridhwan Saidi sold the anthology of plays alongside limited copies of his novel Brazil

A photograph of Big signing his book, Kolong, seated at a table under a red gazebo.

A book signing session took place along with the book sales! Photography by A. Syadiq.

A photograph of a crowd of people in front of two red gazebos at the front courtyard of 42 Waterloo Street.

The turnout for The Big Book Launch! Refreshments were served and many stayed to mingle and catch up with one another. Photography by A. Syadiq.