What to expect in AFCC Singapore in 2017

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So, here’s one for the literary tourist, writers, illustrators, literary professionals, parents, teachers, and librarians who would like to meet, learn, develop their craft, and discover business opportunities. The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) is back on May 17 -21, 2017 for the largest festival in Asia dedicated to children’s stories and books.

In an interview with Travelers Today, Festival Director Kenneth Quek said, “Whether you are an established or emerging writer or illustrator of children’s books, you can attend the AFCC Writers & Illustrators Conference to learn the latest trends and developments revolving around children’s literature.” He continued to say that parents and teachers of pre-school children can also attend the Parents Forum and Teachers Congress to acquire knowledge on how to boost their children’s early literacy skills.

Prominent speakers in the festival to look out for at next year’s conference include comics creator Paolo Fabregas, illustrator and author James Mayhew, and Sarah Odedina, who is the editor of the Harry Potter series. Families can also look forward to free programmes for children in public libraries.

Is there anything new in AFCC 2017? International authors, illustrators and translators rejoice! The AFCC Asian Children’s Book Award by Genting Singapore is open and the winning entry will win a cash prize of SGD$30,000. “This award is the first of its kind to give equal recognition to not just the writers and illustrators of picture books, but also the translators,” Quek said.

The award is still accepting submissions until January 15, 2017. Also back for next year is afccSKETCH, an online illustration contest. Each winning participant in the afccSKETCH contest will receive a complimentary 3-day Writers & Illustrators Conference ticket worth S$350. Read more

Source: Travelers Today

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