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Desmond has taught writing for over two decades, covering the subjects of literary theory, poetry, fiction, journalism, life writing, creative writing, children’s literature, and contemporary publishing. He has worked with various academic institutions, ranging from primary schools to junior colleges, and polytechnics to universities. He is happy to create custom talks for professional or corporate audiences.

Desmond may be engaged as a speaker and instructor under Sing Lit Station’s Book A Writer, which may be found HERE, with listings of Desmond’s specially created workshops.

Desmond is also available to provide in-person, online, and pre-recorded workshops at SBC Campus, the Singapore Book Council’s school outreach programme. More on SBC Campus may be found HERE.

As an author, Desmond has been engaged to speak at readings, panels, seminars, lectures, workshops, and book launches, among other occasions. He has been an invited author at both national and international literary events, such as:

American Writers Festival

Asian Festival of Children’s Content

ASEAN-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention

All In! Young Writers Festival

Bangalore Literature Festival


Goa Arts and Literature Festival

Golden Point Award Workshop Series

IPSI Poetry on the Move Festival (Canberra)

Light to Night Festival

Lit Up Singapore

National Library Board [ALT TXT]

National Reading Day

Poetry Festival Singapore

POSB PAssion KidsWrite

Prague Writers’ Festival

International Association for the Study

of Irish Literatures (IASIL) Conference

Ipoh CausewayEXchange

Read! Fest: National Reading Movement

Singapore Writers Festival

Spoke & Bird Poetry Open Mic

Textures at The Arts House

Unity Writers Festival

Words Go Round: Outreach Programme 

World Gardens and Gardens in

the World: An International Conference

Some memorable venues have included: 

The Arts House

Artistry Café

Aliwal Arts Centre

Asian Civilisations Museum

Bedok Community Centre

Bishan Public Library

Blu Jaz Café

Boon Lay Community Centre



Book Café

Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Central Public Library

Changkat Primary School

Chapman University Singapore

Chateau D’Art Gallery

CHIJ Katong Convent


Clementi Public Library

Dhoby Ghaut Green Amphitheatre

Dunman High School

Evergreen Secondary School

The Fabulous Baker Boy

Funan Showsuite

Gan Eng Seng School

Gardens by the Bay

Geylang East Public Library

Goodman Arts Centre

Globe Bookstore

Grassroots Book Room

Hale Street Heritage Gallery

Harvard Andover Hall Braun Room

Harvard Rockefeller Hall

The International Centre Goa

Jurong Regional Library

Kinokuniya Bookstore

Kult Studio & Gallery

LASALLE College of the Arts



Lula’s Café

Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre

Ministry of Education

National Gallery Singapore

National Junior College

National Library Pod

National Museum of Singapore

Nanyang Polytechnic

Nanyang Technological University

National University of Singapore

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Pei Chun Public School

Play Club

Plaza Singapura

Queensway Secondary School

Raffles Institution

Science Centre Singapore Omni-Theatre

Shakespeare & Sons Bookstore

Sing Lit Station

Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Book Council

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Discovery Centre

Singapore Management University

Singapore University of Social Sciences

The Substation

Tango’s Restaurant & Wine Bar

Tanjong Katong Secondary School

Temasek Junior College

Temasek Secondary School

Times Bookstore

Unity Secondary School 

University of Notre Dame

Velvet Underground

Victoria Junior College

Yale-NUS College

York Hotel









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