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

Join Hanna Alkaf in this lecture as she shares her experience of writing local stories that have resonated with readers globally, even amidst cultural differences. Hanna will provide insights on the significance of telling stories in your unique voice and the importance of staying true to your own words.

Childrens Books Middle grade Southeast Asia

Hanna Alkaf

Hanna Alkaf (Malaysia)

Hanna Alkaf is the critically acclaimed author of the Freeman Award winner The Weight of Our Sky, the Kirkus Prize finalist The Girl and the Ghost, and Queen of the Tiles. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and spent over ten years in journalism and communications before trading in nonfiction for fiction. Her next books are the MG fantasy adventure Hamra & the Jungle of Memories (HarperCollins, March 28th 2023) and the YA magic school murder mystery anthology The Grimoire of Grave Fates (Delacorte Press, June 6th 2023).  Hanna lives in Kuala Lumpur with her family.

Donna Lim

Moderator Donna Lim (Singapore)

Donna Lim is a lecturer with the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She specialises in primary English Language (EL) methodology courses. Her interest area is in developing literacy with a focus on teaching writing. She has considerable teaching experience with young learners and finds it fulfilling to work with schools to enhance EL teaching and learning.    

Programme dates and times are subject to change.