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Giving aspiring children genre writers and illustrators a helping hand

Singapore, 8 April 2009 – Straits Times Press (STP), the book-publishing subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), celebrated the publication of 9 children’s books from writers and illustrators participating in the First Time Writers and Illustrators Publishing Initiative (FTWIPI) 2008.

Ms Irene Ng, Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC, was the guest-of-honour at the event held at the National Library Board’s The Pod this afternoon.

As the official publishing house for FTWIPI 2008, STP served as mentor to these aspiring writers and illustrators and supervised the editing, designing, publishing and distribution of these nine literary works. STP is the first publisher to be awarded the contract to publish the winning titles under this initiative. It has been reappointed the official publisher for FTWIPI 2009.

Ms Shirley Hew, Executive Director of the Straits Times Press, said, “We are pleased to play our part in supporting our local writers and illustrators from FTWIPI 2008. Their works have mass appeal and are comparable to their international contemporaries. Our role at STP centres on the editorial, publishing and marketing processes so the writers and illustrators can focus on what they do best – creating vibrant, imaginative content that will charm and thrill both children and adults alike.”

She added, “The STP team offers more than 20 years of experience in the book publishing business and our growing presence in the international markets will open up these works to wider commercial exposure. Coupled with our passion and concerted efforts to groom and nurture our home-grown talents, we look forward to a growing pool of local children literature that will not only boost the Singapore literary scene but will make strong lasting impact overseas.”

FTIWIPI was first launched in September 2006 by the Media Development Authority (MDA) and the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) with the objective of nurturing aspiring local writers/illustrators and develop fresh talents for the local publishing industry

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About Straits Times Press

Straits Times Press is the book publishing subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation.

Straits Times Press is helmed by an experienced team with more than 20 years in publishing. It is well-established as a turnkey publisher with an in-depth knowledge of writing, editing, photography and other publishing processes.

It publishes a broad spectrum of books for all age groups in various categories covering fiction, illustrated non-fiction, general lifestyle, reference, biographies and business topics.

About Singapore Press Holdings (SPH)

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine,; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company and a 35 per cent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.