[Pre-AFCC Glitter] Meet Candy Gourlay

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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 very excited to welcome Candy Gourlay back in GatheringBooks. Candy was our featured storyteller in May/June 2012 last year and we also did several interviews with her in connection with her multi-award winning YA novel, Tall StoryI am very excited to see her again and I was glad to note that we would be together in Manila for the Little Lit Festival, right after the AFCC.


Candy Gourlay

I understand that you will be doing a session on Blogging “Tweeting and Blogging as Authors” – could you let our readers know what they should look forward to during this panel?

Tweeting and blogging is a natural fit for authors because we authors tend to be verbal that way … but it’s full of danger. As master procrastinators authors can easily become so involved in tweeting and blogging that they forget about what’s really important – writing their books!

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Another session that you will be a part of is “Grabbing your reader’s attention: Lights! Conflict! Action! The Hero’s Journey” – do give us a sampler of what to expect in this discussion?

The Hero’s Journey – also known as Monomyth – is a pattern found in many narratives in the world. It was identified by Joseph Campbell, an American academic. What to expect? Lots of Pixar and Star Wars!

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Last time I was at the festival I thought the audience of people from all over Asia was totally mind blowing! I am looking forward to making many new friends and discovering more writing that I would otherwise not be able to access in the UK. That, and food! Singapore is food heaven after London!

What do you love most about AFCC?

I get the feeling that the advent of the AFCC is a turning point in Asian book life – no other event brings together film makers, authors, illustrators and books from all over the region as well as their readers . It promises to become the Bologna of Asia!

Here is a lovely video clip created by Candy Gourlay from last year’s Festival. Enjoy! Looking forward to spending time with you, Candy!

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 “[Pre-AFCC Glitter] Meet Candy Gourlay

  1. Loved last year’s video. I remember hearing Leonard Marcus talk about your wonderful festival on the Children’s Book Hub. Know you met him in NYC last summer. Sounds likes it’s growing each year. Have a great festival!


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