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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

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In this session, children’s author, Dimity Powell, shares how children’s literature has the ability to improve the mental and emotional well-being of its readers. She will demonstrate the creative techniques and devices used in the creation of children’s literature to deliver mentally diverse, issue-based storylines that both children and adults can relate to and benefit from.

Mental Wellness

Dimity Powell

Dimity Powell (Australia)

Dimity is award winning children’s author and loves filling every spare moment with words. She writes and reviews exclusively for children with over 30 published stories including This is My Dad, Oswald Messweather and the critically acclaimed The Fix-It Man. She is also the managing editor for Kids’ Book Review. Dimity is seasoned presenter and dedicated Books in Homes Australia Volunteer role model, Story City community mentor and G.A.T.E.WAYS presenter. Discover more at

David Liew

Moderator David Liew (Singapore)

David has illustrated Ellie BellyThe Adventures of Squirky and The Plano Adventures. His adventures in children's literature continue with The Change Makers and Eye Spy series released in 2020. He is the Regional Advisor to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Singapore. In response to the pandemic, he and the SCBWI Regional Team had converted their monthly meetup talks and weekly critique sessions to virtual formats, and thus opened the door for participation that transcends geography and time zones. He and SCBWI Singapore Illustrator Coordinator Paula Pang have launched a collaborative effort with their counterparts in Indonesia to launch "Talking Pictures" - a monthly Zoom talk and chat session for illustrators.

All programme dates and times are subject to change and existing COVID measures.

* : Pre-registration is required for in-person events. Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.