Country of Focus
For its 10th edition, AFCC celebrates Myanmar as the Country of Focus for 2019.
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South-East Asia is home to more than 600 million people and houses a diversity of ethnicities, cultures and languages. While much has been documented about the geography and sights of the region, how well do we know about its literatures?
This year, AFCC celebrates Myanmar as the Country of Focus in our continuing jouney to connect with, and showcase the best of children's book writers and illustrators from South-East Asia. From 5 - 8 September, a delegation from Myanmar comprising writers, illustrators and publishers will take part in festival programmes that highlight Myanmar's literary heritage and offer insight on the country's industry developments.
As part of this push to develop greater intercultural dialogue between our SEA neighbours, the Singapore Book Council launched a new programme in 2019 – Bridging Borders: The SEA Lit Project. This initiative aims to foster a greater understanding of the respective literatures and cultures of South-East Asian countries and sets out to deepen the engagement between writers and literary communities across SEA.
The inaugural Bridging Borders took place in Yangon, Myanmar from 3 to 6 April 2019. A delegation of writers, illustrators and publishers from Singapore met their counterparts from Myanmar and took part in various programmes over four days, including school workshops, public readings and a literary forum. As part of the exchange, writers from both countries were paired to work on a joint collaborative project. The writers will share on their experiences of participating in this cultural exchange and their collaborative projects at AFCC.
COF Guest Illustrator: Sai Parn Hein
This year, we have invited Sai Parn Hein, an established Myanmar children's book writer and cartoonist, as AFCC's Country of Focus Guest Illustrator.
Sai Parn Hein hails from the Shan state and has authored and translated numerous books in the Shan and Myanmar languages such as Children Poems, and People Centralized Projects in Myanmar. He illustrates and writes primarily to raise awareness of difficult and problematic issues for the rural Shan community, an ethnic minority in Myanmar. Sai has also composed many Shan children's rhymes, which are now widely used in literary education for Shan children.
Small frogs are singing
They are calling rain to fall down
The frogs are raising feet
And dive, their heads are wet
The frogs are happy and laughing
Awp eap…. Awp eap…..
(Translated from Shan by Sai Parn Hein)
View more of Sai Parn Hein's work here.
The full programme line-up will be announced in August.
5 Sep 2019 (Thu)
B1, Programme Zone Talk
A Glimpse of Myanmar Culture through Selected Myanmar Folktales
Featuring: Soe Marlar Lwin
Folktales manifest the cultural heritage of a people. This talk will bring the audience through the narrative structures and contents of Myanmar folktales to appreciate certain aspects of Myanmar culture.
Folktales manifest the cultural heritage of a people. This talk will bring the audience through the narrative structures and contents of Myanmar folktales to appreciate certain aspects of Myanmar culture.B1, Programme Zone