"Wilderness is for the soul, as the city is for the body."


We often dream of escaping to neighbouring islands to embrace their forests and seas but the little pockets of nature in our neighbourhood can provide the same space for personal introspection and reflection if we open our souls to it.

In collaboration with Ethos Books, we invite you to join us for a picnic and poetry workshop on the green plains of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. We are also partnering with Heavens Bloom & Baskets, who will be providing a quaint picnic setup.

Have Breakfast in the Park and Learn about Nature Poetry

Start your day surrounded by the lush greenery of the Botanic Gardens with the editors of From Walden to Woodlands, Ow Yeong Wai Kit and Muzakkir Samat. Enjoy breakfast to the soundtrack of nature as the editors discuss nature poetry, its significance in our multicultural and multireligious landscape, and hear some beautiful readings from the book.

*Picnic mats will be provided! Just remember to pack your own favourite breakfast food, sunscreen, and an umbrella in case it rains. (Fret not, there will be shelter if it rains!)

Have a Go At Writing Nature Poetry

How can we write nature poems that don't succumb to easy clichés or stereotypes? After breakfast, Wai Kit and Muzakkir will lead a workshop on how to write nature poetry. Take away some helpful tips on articulating the beauty of nature from the session, and leave the gardens with your very own nature poem! Come with food for the body and leave with food for the soul.

Win Picnic Baskets Courtesy of Heaven's Bloom and Baskets

Picnic mats for this event have been graciously sponsored by our event partner, Heavens Bloom & Baskets. They will also be sponsoring not one, but TWO beautifully curated picnic baskets to be given to two lucky participants at the start of the event.

Wait, There's More!

The first 30 people to register for this event will each receive #BuySingLit vouchers worth $10 during the event. We will also be showcasing SingLit titles, including From Walden to Woodlands. You'll get the opportunity to buy these books (using your free voucher!) after the event. Co-organised by Ethos Books and The Select Centre.


Date: 8 April, Saturday
Time: 9am – 10.30am
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Eco Lake
1 Cluny Road
Singapore 259569 (Map)
Free admission by registering here.

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About the Authors

Ow Yeong Wai Kit is a teacher of English and Literature. He was educated in Singapore and the UK, taking his B.A. (Hons, First Class) at NUS and his M.A. (distinction) at University College London. His articles have been featured in journals such as Interreligious Insight and Think Pieces. He heads the Youth Committee at Poh Ming Tse Temple, besides serving as an interfaith advocate as part of the Holland-Bukit Timah Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC). His favourite writers include Karen Amstrong, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Geoffrey Hill.

Muzakkir Samat is working as an engineer in the construction industry. Born and bred in Yishun, home of the Yishun Dam and Yishun Park, Muzakkir has been a big fan of green spaces, wide landscapes and rising suns. He volunteers regularly with FiTree, a Muslim youth environmentalist group, advocating a greener lifestyle for the Muslim masses. Considering the likes of John Muir and Ralph Waldo Emerson as his heroes, Muzakkir would love to walk the path of enlightenment through nature. He believes that the relationship between reading nature and reading poetry is an intersection worth exploring.

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