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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

The Writers and Illustrators Track brings writers, illustrators and thought leaders in the publishing industry together to network and celebrate children and young adults’ literature from Asia and around the world.

The exciting sessions under this programme track discuss the development and creation of quality literary content for children and youths and provide plenty of opportunities for literary professionals to exchange ideas.

An AFCC Festival Pass gives you full access to these sessions and more!

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26 May (Thursday)

AFCC Keynote: Light Up with Literature!
26 May | 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Panel |L16, The Pod
Angie Chew Kamini Ramachandran Neil Humphreys
A New Spin on Singapore Stories
26 May | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panel |L5, Possibility Room
Emily Lim-Leh Low Ying Ping Pauline Loh
Depicting the ‘Unspeakable’
26 May | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panel |Virtual
Cheeno Marlo Sayuno Lee Geum-yi Nicolas Verstappen Bijal Vachharajani
Mencipta Unsur Humor dalam Buku Kanak-Kanak
Creating Humour in Children’s Books
26 May | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Panel | Malay |Virtual
Andina Subarja Iskandar Syah Ismail
Writing about Children with Special Needs
26 May | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Panel |L16, The Pod
Jill Lim Nur Ilyana Bte Mohd Ali
Diversity and Inclusion in Children’s Books in Thailand
26 May | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Panel |Virtual
Cheewan Wisasa John Viano

27 May (Friday)

Bonds, Bridges & Books: Building Better Mental Wellness
27 May | 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Presentation |Virtual
Dimity Powell
Finding the Light: Hope and Despair in Children’s Literature
27 May | 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Lecture |Virtual
Margarita Engle
Environmental Advocacy in Children’s Books
27 May | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Panel |L16, The Pod
Bijal Vachharajani Debby Ng Sarah Ang
Learning Life Lessons from Stories
27 May | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Panel | Chinese |L5, Possibility Room
陈帅 (Chen Shuai) 管家琪 (Guan Jia Qi) 徐海娜 (Irene Xu)
The Art of Translating Picture Books
27 May | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Masterclass | Chinese |Virtual
阿甲 (Ajia)
Stories of Southeast Asia
27 May | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Panel |Virtual
Aammton Alias 虎威 (Hu Wei) Shoba Dewey Chugani
Popular Romance Tropes in YA Fantasy and How to Write Them
27 May | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Presentation |L16, The Pod
Joyce Chua Kayce Teo
Southeast Asian History as Inspiration: A Look into Children’s Historical Fiction
27 May | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Panel |Virtual
Eva Wong Nava Hannah Ming Yit Ho Ho Lee-Ling Stephanie
The Animal Allure
27 May | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Panel |L16, The Pod
Alan John Lee Gee-eun Maureen Yeo Piers Torday
Humour, Heritage and Hawkers
27 May | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Presentation |L5, Possibility Room
Janice Khoo Lianne Ong

28 May (Saturday)

Drawn Narratives
28 May | 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Panel |Virtual
Harmony Becker Jillian Tamaki Andeasyand (Nurulhuda Izyan)
Finding Humour in the Ordinary
28 May | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Talk |Virtual
Shinsuke Yoshitake Eriko Shima
Some Talk, Some Action
28 May | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Presentation |L5, Possibility Room
Maureen Yeo Swapnil Mishra
சேர்ந்து உருவாக்கலாம்! - குழந்தைகளுக்கான படப் புத்தகங்கள்
Let’s Create Together! — Children’s Board Books
28 May | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Workshop | Tamil |L5, Imagination Room
Abhi Krish
The Struggle with Loss: Books as a Coping Mechanism
28 May | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Panel |L16, The Pod
Angie Chew Avianti Armand Hannah Goh May Lim
What’s So Funny?!
28 May | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Panel | Chinese |Virtual
翁添保 (Ang Thiam Poh) 張筱琦 (Hsiaochi Chang) 林哲璋 (Lin Che Chang)
The Art of Writing Romance
28 May | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ain Maisarah Pauline Loh Vicmon Kayce Teo
The Role of Stories: Why We Write for Children
28 May | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Lecture |Virtual
Piers Torday
The Wonderful World of Webcomics
28 May | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fishball Vicmon

29 May (Sunday)

How to Talk to Children About War
29 May | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Panel |L16, The Pod
Danny Jalil Emily Balistrieri Margarita Engle Sim Ee Waun
Mencipta Buku Bersiri Terkenal untuk Kanak-Kanak
Creating a Popular Children’s Book Series
29 May | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Panel | Malay |Virtual
Ain Maisarah Haslindah Mispan Saridah Hamid Siti Raudhah
The Joys and Pains of Writing a Children’s Book
29 May | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Panel | Chinese |L16, The Pod
陈帅 (Chen Shuai) 虎威 (Hu Wei) 邓秀茵 (Tang Show Yin)
Collaborating Across Borders in Picture Books
29 May | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Panel |L16, The Pod
Hamdan Ali Linda Tan Lingard Maria Mahat Shahril Samri
Translators Talk: Humour in Children’s Books
29 May | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel |Virtual
Emily Balistrieri Julia Marshall Yang Shu Hung
Translated Children’s Books in Thailand: Challenges and Opportunities
29 May | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Presentation |L16, The Pod
John Viano Peeriya Pongsarigun
Of Women and Girls: A Study of the Female Figure in Korean Children and YA Literature
29 May | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Lecture |Virtual
Lee Geum-yi