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Join author Austin Kleon as he talks about building creative resilience

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The world is crazy and creative work is hard. How do we keep going? In this talk, Austin Kleon, author of the bestselling trilogy about creativity in the digital age, Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work, and Keep Going, will discuss his work and share his strategies for finding inspiration in everyday life and building creative resilience for the long haul. Attendees will learn how to establish and maintain a creative habit; how to build confidence and overcome perfectionism and anxiety; and the importance of unplugging, play, idleness, and rest. Kleon will also talk about how the pandemic has changed his creative life and the lessons he has learned in this session moderated by Anngee Neo. 

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Austin Kleon is a writer, artist, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. His work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, TIME, The Atlantic, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. His books include Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work! as well as Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poems made by redacting the newspaper with a permanent marker. His art has been called “brilliant” by New York Magazine and The New Yorker said his poems “resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead.” Austin speaks on creativity, visual thinking, and being an artist online.

Anngee Neo is a Singapore-based illustrator who create drawings with an emphasis on storytelling with compelling characters. Her quirky, surreal and whimsical  works have breathed life to children’s books such as The Rock and the Bird and The Trampolines that Nadia Built. She has worked with many clients including brands such as Uniqlo, GAP, HP Singapore and the National Gallery Singapore.

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This programme is based on Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad, a featured title of Read! Fest 2021. Borrow the title here. 

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About Read! Fest 2021

Read! Fest 2021 invites you on a forward-looking journey of self-discovery. With the theme of Reboot, take a moment to re-examine and refresh your lenses on day-to-day aspects that shape our lives.

Anchored by 12 key books and topics, Read! Fest will host over 60 programmes – from talks by world-renowned authors to workshops and experiences – each curated to immerse you in a world of thoughtful ideas for our time.

From myths and minimalism to work and womanhood, stretch out to explore new worlds and perspectives. Where will you find yourself?

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