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AFCC Fever Begins Now!

And so I officially declare today to be the beginning of the AFCC (Asian Festival of Children’s Content) hype! I have barely gotten back on my feet but I am truly excited to be a part of this year’s conference. I recall how inspired I was last year and how beautiful it was to connect with like-minded individuals who are deeply into books and children’s literature. I am certain that this year would be an even more fabulous experience.

Before the official opening, I am excited to be doing a panel discussion with Tarie from Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind and Corinne from Paper Tigers on 25 May 2011, Wednesday, between 530-7 pm at the Gallery, Level 2, of the Arts House – we also posted our own announcement here.

This is a free panel discussion entitled: Building a Nation of Readers via Web 2.0: An Introduction to Kidlitosphere and the YA Blogosphere. If you’re in the area and are attending the AFCC, this would be a good way for you to avoid the queue at the actual registration date on Thursday and also join us in what is bound to be a hearty and animated discussion.

I am also quite fortunate that Jade and Regina from Book Council have been extremely efficient in updating me about my involvement in the conference. Just a day ago, they have reminded me about my schedule for my own talk as well as the sessions I would be facilitating. If you wish to know more about the entire programme and all the activities planned this year, click here to be taken to the official AFCC website. Most of the titles sound promising, and I am sure it’s going to be a jampacked event.

My own schedule is as follows:

Role as Facilitator:

26 May, Thursday, 1030-1130 am, Gallery, Level 2. It Takes Two (or More) to Tango: Collaborating with an Illustrator, Musician, or Animator by Christopher Cheng, Australia

27 May, Friday, 930-1030 am, Screening Room, Level 1. Negotiating the Folktale by John Mckenzie, New Zealand. 

My own session:

26 May, Thursday, 230-330 pm, Screening Room, Level 1. On Fairies (Diwata), Mousedeers (Sang Kancil), Merpeople, and Magic Spells: Threads that Bind Children’s Tales from Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Facilitator would be Pooja Makhijani from US/Singapore.

I have also been invited to attend the Singapore Children’s Literature Lecture and Awards Presentation Ceremony where H.E. Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Author of The Lost World of Timor-Leste, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste – would be giving a short talk on 27 May (Fri) between 6.30pm – 9.00pm at the Chamber, Level 2. Since this one is by invitation only, I’d be sure to take loads of photos and notes so I can share this with all our GatheringBooks readers.

See you all!

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).

1 comment on “AFCC Fever Begins Now!

  1. I’ve got the AFCC fever!!! Just arrived in Singapore yesterday and I’m just astounded by how lovely it is!! You are so lucky to live here! I stumbled upon The Arts Centre while walking around town last night and can hardly wait to see you there tomorrow night for our presentation. So many great AFCC events are planned, it is going to be a great week!


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