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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

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Dealing with loss is never easy—whether it is of a loved one, a treasured item or priceless possession, it is a crucial part of life and imparts important lessons. Learn more in this session how children’s books have sought to communicate this difficult topic, and how books can be a helpful coping mechanism in difficult times.

Mental Wellness

Angie Chew

Angie Chew (Singapore)

Adj. A/Prof Angie is the Founder and CEO of Brahm Centre, a charity dedicated to promoting healthier and happier living. In recognition of her contributions in the mental health space, she was named “The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2019”. She is the first certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher in Singapore conferred by the Mindfulness Center at Brown University School of Public Health, in collaboration with UMASS Memorial Health Care’s Center for Mindfulness. Angie is also a certified Dot-b and Paws-b Mindfulness teacher from the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK). In addition, she is a certified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course teacher trained by Oxford University Mindfulness Centre.

Avianti Armand

Avianti Armand (Indonesia)

Avianti is a curator and writer. Her short story, Once Upon a Time There was Mother and Radian, was awarded the Kompas Best Short Story in 2009. Her collection of poems Women Whose Names were Erased won the Kusala Katulistiwa Award in 2011. She is a member of the Literary Committee of the Jakarta Arts Council and has published three illustrated children’s story books which help children deal with difficult situations.

Hannah Goh

Hannah Goh (Singapore)

Hannah is 11 and has always been an avid reader. She enjoys going to school and writing short stories with her best friend. Steps to Heaven is her first book. She was inspired from witnessing how her godmother bravely fought cancer and gracefully lived her last days. She hopes that children will enjoy reading the book and parents can explain difficult concepts such as death to their children.

May Lim

May Lim (Singapore)

May is an Associate Professor and an experienced occupational therapist. She has been working with children with developmental disabilities in Singapore and Australia. May serves as the director of Centre for Learning Environment and Assessment Development (CoLEAD) in the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and looks after the faculty’s development programmes in learning and teaching at the university level. She has won the SIT Teaching Excellence Award thrice.

Darel Seow

Moderator Darel Seow (Singapore)

Darel Seow is a visual storyteller who illustrates the tales of the natural world through his unique brand of wry wit and whimsy. He believes in the draw of storytelling as a means of engagement, creating experiences that simultaneously excite and educate. Particularly interested in museums and culture, he has worked with art, cultural and educational institutions to encourage learning through the power of imagination and play.

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