INSPIRING KIDS BOOKS IN ASIA

Published on 10 May 2017

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) is back for its 8th year with a resourceful mix of programmes for anyone interested in creating children’s content in Asia!

By MELANIE LEE

As the largest annual literary festival in Asia organised by The National Book Development Council of Singapore, the event reaches out to children’s writers, illustrators, educators and librarians with 157 speakers from 18 countries sharing their creative know-how in developing children’s books and stories.

It is tradition at AFCC to have a Country of Focus and this year’s featured country is Indonesia to mark the 50th anniversary of Singapore-Indonesia diplomatic ties. There will be 29 children’s authors, illustrators, educators, publishers, literary agents, storytellers and musicians from this country sharing unique aspects of Indonesian children’s literature.

AFCC is split into three major tracks:

The Writers and Illustrators Conference from 17-19 May is for aspiring and experienced children’s writers and illustrators to get updated on the latest children’s book trends and developments from around the world (e.g. Book Watch: Investigating ASEAN Markets, Making Sense of the Singapore and Indonesian Comics Scene). There are also masterclasses in YA Fiction and Picture Books to help one improve their craft.

The Cross Platform Summit on 19 May expands the possibilities of children’s stories being presented in various media platforms. What’s required for multi-platform storytelling or writing children’s TV shows? You can even learn about storyhacking, writing for video games or bringing stories to life using Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR).

The Teachers Congress and Parents Forum from 20-21 May equips parents and preschool and primary school educators with resources on improving children’s literacy skills in the classroom and at home. Programmes include literacy for special-needs children, character building with comics and evoking empathy through reading.

There will also be free book-related events along with an AFCC Book Fair held at the National Library Concourse selling a wide array of multilingual children’s books and related products. There will also be book launches, book signing sessions and other book-related activities during the fair, which is also open to the general public.

“Every year, we go all-out to put together a vigorous programme that will inspire Singaporean and international delegates in the industry of children’s literature, and also expose them to cross cultural and literary exchange and networking opportunities,” says AFCC Festival Director Kenneth Quek.

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2017 will be on from 17 – 21 May at the National Library Building. Click here for more information.

Images credit to The National Book Development Council of Singapore

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