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The 9th Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2018

Singapore Book Council (SBC) Press release: Remembering our children’s literary heritage & becoming future ready at 9th Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2018

Singapore Book Council

SINGAPORE, 30 May 2018 – Early bird ticket sales for the 9th edition of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) kicks off today. Running for three days from 6 to 8 September 2018 at the National Library, its theme is Imagine-Asia with Singapore as its Country of Focus to celebrate local children’s literature.

Over 90 Singapore and international writers, illustrators, publishers, storytellers, educators and media producers from 14 countries such as Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, the UK and US will be featured. Notable speakers include renowned Japanese picture book author and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura; UK publisher Sarah Odedina, who has worked with authors such as J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman, and the husband-and-wife graphic novelists and digital storytellers, Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo of Dim Sum Warriors,.

This year’s AFCC will celebrate Singapore as the Country of Focus in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Singapore Book Council (SBC). The festival will showcase Singapore’s literary heritage in children’s books, whilst highlighting the new means of content creation and digital platforms for storytelling.

An exhibition to honour pioneer Singapore illustrator, the late Kwan Shan Mei, will showcase some of her award-winning illustrations. Award-winning author Suchen Christine Lim will be giving the annual Children’s Literature Lecture. To enable the industry practitioners to stay abreast of digital trends that have changed the way readers consume stories, AFCC will be featuring sessions that look at digital and cross-platform storytelling, including AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) technologies.

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What to expect in AFCC Singapore in 2017

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