I am doing a series of interviews with invited guest speakers and other conference attendees: a Pre-AFCC 2013 Glitter, if you will. A shower of golden fairy dust and pixie glitter and virtual confetti to signal the coming of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content this year!
Today, I am privileged to welcome Singaporean author Emily Lim here in GatheringBooks! Emily is one of AFCC’s Programme Directors this year.
What is the event/session that you are most looking forward to attending during this year’s AFCC?
The Learning Connection’s launch of Prince Bear & Pauper Bear as the debut show for their Storybook Theatre, the first mobile children’s theatre in Singapore.
Share with us your involvement in this year’s festival and some of the sessions that you will have.
I am on the Festival Committee this year and was involved in giving ideas and proposing speakers for the programmes. I’ve also helped with some pre-publicity and was also one of the judges for the AFCC’s bilingual picture book competition entries. I will be speaking on the panel “Survival and Success as a Singaporean Author”.
One of the goals of AFCC is to get people from everywhere connected during the conference – who are you most looking forward to meeting during this year’s festival?
Eric Huang. He is the New Business/Acquisitions Director for Penguin Group (UK). Need I say more?!
Singapore is a lovely country with gorgeous new buildings and really great restaurants. If you were to give recommendations to our overseas friends who are coming to the festival about super-secret-out-of-the-way places frequented by locals, what would those places be?
The Coastal Settlement at Changi Beach. It’s an old army barracks-style building with remodelled old beetles parked outside and beautiful vintage items displayed throughout the restaurant. It serves Asian and Western and is totally far out!
Belly View Cafe at the NSRCC Yacht Club. It has the best salted egg crab, venison hor fun and sambal petai! And all that while watching the belly view of planes taking off and landing at Changi Airport nearby and soaking in the seaview with its cruiseships. Mouthwatering and breathtaking!
What do you love most about AFCC?
That it isn’t purely a writers and illustrators’ conference – it brings together children’s content creators from different fields for a more varied exchange. That was where I connected with theatre arts education specialist The Learning Connection.