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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
25–28 May 2023

The history and fantasy genres can be challenging to tackle, but mixing the two genres can offer unique and interesting opportunities for writers to play with. In this conversation with Xiran Jay Zhao, they will share their experience and approach to creating works that combine elements of both, that can surprise and offer fresh perspectives to readers. 

Xiran Jay Zhao

Xiran Jay Zhao (Canada)

Xiran Jay Zhao is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Widow series and Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor. A first-gen Hui Chinese immigrant from small-town China to Vancouver, Canada, they were raised by the Internet and made the inexplicable decision to leave their biochem degree in the dust to write books and make educational content instead. You can find them on Twitter for memes, Instagram for cosplays and fancy outfits, TikTok for fun short videos, and YouTube for long videos about Chinese history and culture.

Pippa Chorley

Moderator Pippa Chorley (Singapore)

Award-winning British children’s author Pippa Chorley lives in Singapore. Trained as a primary school teacher, Pippa loves to write stories that take children on adventures into magical worlds. A passionate advocate for Singapore’s cultural diversity, rich history and beautiful nature, Pippa created Eye Spy Singapore, to celebrate everything that makes Singapore special.

Programme dates and times are subject to change.