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Raffles Hotel Singapore introduces its third iteration of its renowned Writer’s Residency programme

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Writers Bar presents a refreshed menu, including a cocktail selection inspired by the new Writer-in-Residence’s poems, in celebration of its literary tradition and new alfresco space, Palm Terrace by Writers Bar.

SINGAPORE – Raffles Hotel Singapore introduces its third iteration of its renowned Writer’s Residency programme. First launched in 2019 to reinvigorate the hotel’s rich literary heritage, the programme was inspired by Raffles Hotel Singapore’s long literary tradition of playing host and muse to famed writers from all over the world, from Rudyard Kipling to Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad. The residency programme is designed to host writers at its colonial architectural repose for them to reflect, contemplate, and draw inspiration from its 136-year-old well of stories as they put pen to paper.

This year’s Writer’s Residency programme will also be welcoming its first-ever appointed Singaporean writer and poet, Madeleine Lee. An award-winning investment manager and poet, Madeleine was the Singapore Botanic Garden’s Writer-in-Residence from 2014-2015 and has also performed her works at major literary festivals around the world. Her latest poetry collection, ‘How to Build a Lux Hotel’, is an articulation of overheard conversations, interactions, and observations made of the sounds and spaces at Raffles Hotel Singapore during her various lengths of stay within its storied halls. The collection’s accompanying photos were also captured by Madeleine herself for readers to fully immerse themselves in the Raffles experience as her words come to life.

“Raffles Hotel Singapore holds an air of old-world charm and modernity all in one, inspiring many. Being the first Singaporean writer-in-residence for Raffles Hotel Singapore was, at first, daunting to say the least. But very soon after, I found immense pleasure in being both a quiet observer of, and participant in, the hotel’s everyday activities. It is these observations I try to put into words to capture the very soul of the hotel,” said Madeleine Lee.

“The Raffles Writer’s Residency programme is a significant part of the hotel’s legacy, and part of an enduring literary tradition unique to us that we are proud to continue. Madeleine’s appointment cements our commitment to supporting the written word and nurturing local talent in Singapore, and with the vision to provide a space conducive to inking new literary works. Beyond this, the launch of Palm Terrace by Writers Bar is part of our work to continuously reimagine a space that rests between an idyllic, timeless oasis and a contemporary luxury hotel for Raffles guests old and new,” said Christian Westbeld, Managing Director at Raffles Hotel Singapore.

A refreshed menu in celebration of the written word, including cocktails inspired by ‘How to Build a Lux Hotel’ Writers Bar is delighted to introduce a refreshed menu comprising of cocktails inspired by the written word and its authors, which are conceptualised and handcrafted by Nicholas Alexander, Beverage Manager of Raffles Hotel Singapore, who manages Writers Bar.

A celebration of literary greats – Writers Bar’s refreshed menu

Writers Bar’s refreshed menu comprises of cocktail blends that have drawn inspiration from the celebrated novelists who have passed through the hotel’s doors over the years. Revel in these brand-new concoctions, with each range paying tribute to these literary greats and their intriguing personalities.

Discover refreshing effervescent tipples inspired by Somerset Maugham; twists of wine cocktails under the Rudyard Kipling section; Joseph Conrad’s showcase of refreshing concoctions; spirit-forward cocktails in salute to André Malraux and his sharp, multifaceted personage; a series of negronis, which is a nod to Pablo Neruda; smooth and polished post-dinner cocktails as a toast to Noël Coward’s disposition, as well as low-sugar and equally delectable blends of spirits from all over the world, referencing James Michener’s zest for adventure and his celebrated epic novels set in foreign lands. The menu will also feature a newly curated Reserve Classics Collection in honour of Pico Iyer, the first Writer-in- Residence of the Raffles Writer’s Residency programme.

Five inspired cocktails from Madeleine’s poetry collection

As part of the refreshed menu, a riveting selection of five handcrafted cocktails inspired by Madeleine Lee’s book of poems, ‘How to Build a Lux Hotel’ is also now available at Writers Bar.

Newly furnished alfresco bar opens

In conjunction with these launches, Writers Bar expands its space to include Palm Terrace by Writers Bar, an alfresco space situated at the eastern portico, adjacent to Writers Bar and amidst verdant palm trees at Palm Court. The menu showcases an array of enticing highballs with Perrier to complement the alfresco setting surrounded by greenery and nature.

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