[Pre-AFCC Glitter] Meet Emily Lim

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 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.

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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.

Prince Bear & Pauper Bear by Emily Lim

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.

To know more about Emily, check out her website and her blog.

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).

9 comments on “[Pre-AFCC Glitter] Meet Emily Lim

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  2. Myra…lovely interview with Emily! I am super excited to meet both of you and all of the other illustrious attendees to the 2013 AFCC. Less than two weeks away…I’d better get packing. 🙂


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  4. Excellent interview, Myra and Emily. I’m sure your participation on the panel will be a valuable asset.


  5. Vivian, you’ve just proven social networking pays off

    Now get packing and take more than one dress! 🙂


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  7. Myra, thanks for the interview! I’m counting down to my Favourite event of the year!


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