The works were published in an anthology entitled: “Penyair Gen Z/Gen Z Poet”. The publication is designed to accommodate both poems and illustrations side by side. These illustrations are portraits of the poems. This book is bilingual in every aspect. The book is 104 pages thick.
The book launch ceremony was successful. It was well attended with more than 300 students and teachers as well as literary enthusiasts. The event received media coverage from the Berita Minggu and Mediacorpradio. The event was graced by Deputy Chief Executive Officer National Arts Council Singapore, Mr Khor Kok Wah. He gave away certificates to students whose works were selected and published in the Gen Z books as well as giving away prizes to the 8 winners of the best poems and illustrations and finally launched the book. The book was distributed complimentary to all guests.
Heatland Poet has indeed provided a new platform for literature in Singapore. It crossed unlimited boundaries in terms of discipline. It is an innovation as an alternative means in looking instructional design in teaching and learning. The fund provided by Asia Pacific Breweries has provided an impetus for this much dreamt about programme in line with Asas ’50 slogan “Arts for humanity”. The support has provided Asas ’50 with an opportunity to develop new concepts and approaches in looking at literary arts beyond its literary functions. Heatland Poet is now a much sought after programme for schools. Asas ’50 will expand this programme and work closely with more schools in coming years. Thank you APB for bringing Asas ’50 to another level of development.