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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

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Why are romances appealing? What draws readers to them and why do they often get a bad rep? Join this panel of writers as they dissect the appeal of the genre and share the positive lessons that readers can take away from the genre.

Romance Southeast Asia Writing for Children and Youths

Ain Maisarah

Ain Maisarah (Malaysia)

Ain Maisarah ialah seorang penulis terkenal dari Malaysia yang telah mengarang lebih daripada 150 novel untuk kanak-kanak dan remaja. Dia juga kerap melakukan lawatan sekolah untuk mempromosikan pembacaan dan penulisan kepada kalangan pelajar. Sebelum ini, Ain Masarah merupakan seorang kolumnis untuk akhbar Berita Harian dan Majulah ASUH, serta buku-bukunya pernah dipertimbangkan untuk filem dan televisyen oleh penyiar Malaysia, ASTRO.

Ain is a prolific writer from Malaysia who has authored 183 novels for children and young people to date. She also regularly conducts school visits to promote reading and writing among students. A previous columnist for Berita Harian and Majalah ASUH, her books have been optioned for film and television by Malaysian broadcaster ASTRO.

Pauline Loh

Pauline Loh (Singapore)

Pauline is an award-winning author and a creative writing teacher. She has 30 years of writing experience and has published 12 adult non-fiction books, six young adult books and nine children’s storybooks. She was a runner-up for the Scholastic Asian Book Award and her books have been shortlisted for the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award, Singapore Book Awards and longlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize.


Vicmon (Thailand)

Piengpitch Sartsasi a.k.a VIC-MON is an illustrator and cartoonist from Thailand. After drawing the covers of more than 200 books,  she started to draw her own webcomic 3rd Time Kiss for COMICO and HOUR 25th for LINE WEBTOON. She still continues to draw book covers while working on her new webcomic project.

Kayce Teo

Moderator Kayce Teo (Singapore)

Leslie W is Kayce’s pen name. She is the regional editor at The Smart Local. She graduated with an English literature degree from the National University of Singapore, and was one of six mentees selected for the Mentor Access Project’s Fiction category, an annual programme which develops emerging writers. The Night of Legends was written under the mentorship of prolific local writer, Dave Chua.

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