I last attended the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, an annual event organized by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) to celebrate and promote the creation and appreciation of children’s books and other media, in 2011. The festival is in late-May and I have, in years past, been in the U.S. during that time.
But this year, I’ll be there! The festival includes The Writers and Illustrators Conference (more below), the Media Summit (sessions and workshops on multi-platform storytelling, pitching, interactive narratives and digital marketing), the Preschool and Primary Teachers Congress (sessions and workshops to help educators develop and impart early literacy skills in the classroom), and the Parents Forum (sessions and workshops for parents, teachers, and other related professionals on nurturing early learning and bilingualism at home).
The Writers and Illustrators Conference is the festival’s highlight, IMO, and gathers writers, illustrators, and publishing industry professionals to share, network, and celebrate. This year, I will be moderating conversations with two very talented artists:
May 26, 4:45pm – 6:00pm
A Touch of Local Content in a Story
Speaker: Evi Shelvia
A cup, a cloth, a carton. How can an illustrator include local content into the environment, expressions, gestures, and other elements of a story? Evi shares some of her experiences as an illustrator.
May 28, 10:30am – 11:30am
Class Clowns: Using Humour to Enrich Children’s Creativity
Speaker: Oliver Phommavanh
Children love to laugh so inject some humour in their learning lives! Teach children how to write, perform jokes and use humour in their stories and conversations.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the festival has evolved in the past half decade.
Find registration information here. A Festival Pass is SG$500.00, which is a lot more expensive than I remember it being!