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

The session explores the importance of infusing geekiness into fiction and highlights how fandoms have evolved from very niche markets to mainstream media today. By using superheroes and gaming as pop culture elements, the talk delves into how these elements help YA become more relatable and compelling for all ages and audiences.


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Catherine Dellosa

Catherine Dellosa (Philippines)

Catherine Dellosa plays games for a living, reads comics for inspiration, and writes fiction because she’s in love with words. She works as a games journalist for one of the UK's biggest mobile gaming media outlets. Her Young Adult fantasy novel, Of Myths And Men, was published by Penguin Random House SEA. She is already working on the sequel for the trilogy, along with a few more projects up her sleeve. Her other titles include The Bookshop Back Home, Raya and Grayson’s Guide to Saving the World, and The Choices We Made (And Those We Didn't).

Cheeno Sayuno

Moderator Cheeno Sayuno (Philippines)

Cheeno Marlo M. Sayuno, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Communication, Research, and Children’s Literature from the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños. He has received recognition from the prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People’s Salanga Prize (honorable mention), and the Normal Awards for Gender-Inclusive Literature by Philippine Normal University for his stories for children. He has published storybooks with Adarna House, Lampara Books, Anvil Publishing, Chikiting Books, and Save the Children Philippines, as well as textbooks in communication, media, and related fields.

Programme dates and times are subject to change.