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Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2011 – A Call for Papers

I am very excited about the Second AFCC for 2011.

When I learned about the festival for this year (2010) from a colleague from NIE, I knew that I just had to attend last May 2010. After attending quite a number of international conferences, I would have to admit that I have never been so excited to attend a conference as this one – reveals I suppose my passion for children’s literature. What was sad is that I did not learn about the conference until a tad too late (I knew about it around March-April this year), thus, I was not able to submit a proposal for presentation. I was itching to do something on ‘Profiles of Gifted Children in Contemporary Children’s Literature’ as I was avidly attending the parallel sessions, which by the way, were just plain awesome.

As an academic, I knew I had to relearn the ropes in terms of networking and attending sessions – I was used to gifted and talented (G & T) conferences, psychology-related conferences, that attending sessions on postmodern picture books, animation and digital story telling, and just plain listening to illustrators, YA fiction writers, and playwrights – was such a TREAT!

I’m very glad then to discover the Call for Papers for the May 2011 Festival as early as now. Details could be found in the official blog of Singapore Book Council, which by the way we have already added to our Blog Roll (Book Organizations category).

Target audience are the following: writers and illustrators; literary agents, distributors and retailers; teachers and academics; publishers and libraries; translators and technology solution providers; and other media professionals.

Deadline for the submission of proposal is 30 November 2010. The two-paged proposal should be submitted to The types of sessions possible are:

  1. 60-180 minute workshops
  2. Roundtable Discussions
  3. Paper Sessions (3 papers would usually be grouped together)
  4. Interactive Dialogue

See you there!

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2011 – A Call for Papers

  1. wouldn’t miss this for the world, love. Can non participants come and join as miron?


    • myragarcesbacsal

      But of course. Hahaha. We shall feature my session here in GatheringBooks. That’d be nice, right? Hahahaha. But yes, you need to come over as well during the little Ela’s va-cay-shun so the kids can hang out more. hehehe.


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