Day 3 AFCC 2011

And so the last day.
Okay, I admit it. I changed more (most / nearly all) of my presentation, just a few refinements, but they were required and just as well. I couldn’t believe the number of people that were present in my session on eBooks, Apps and the Content Creator. But it seems to be something that many authors and illustrators are looking out for – information on the digital aspect of publication. Thanks (again) to Warren (see him at Children’s Technology Review or here) for lending me his iPad2 to demonstrate my Zoo You Later App. I haven’t played it very often so it really is like a new discovery every time i open it. Yikes … I forgot some of the things that it can do. He even downloaded it last night so that he could explore it – he does like it too – and his downloading contributes a few cents towards keeping me off the streets.

I also dropped in to a few sessions including Warren’s on New Tools for an old job: Survey on Apps for Literacy seeing many of the new Apps available. That was a great interactive session with folks being able to discuss the apps that are used as well as Warren demystifying some of the complexities.

This has been one of the big changes since last year – the prominence of the digital/media programme, investigating factors that include digital publishing and digital content. This will only get bigger and be integral to the success of any conference like this.

And now the conference is done. Tonight we finished with a post conference gathering at the home of Jayapriya – she is a literary agent at in Singapore. We actually met at the Manila Literary Festival last year (where we had the most splendid time). She regularly holds open-mike nights and because I was in town, tonight was one of them. I was prepared and read from the Melting Pot and I was able to drag along Holly Thompson (RA in Japan) and she too was prepared and read extracts from her gorgeous new YA novel Orchards (get it get it get it) as did poets and singers and a few of Jay’s clients as well. And it was great catching up with Aline and Corinne (papertigers). Tarie (who blogs the terrific Asia in the Heart) dragged those folks along. All in all a wonderful wind down to the festival.

collective noun for a gathering of shoes outside the front door?

Holly reading from Orchards


and now … to home, with a little shopping for B first!

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