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Day 2 of the Writers and Illustrators Congress is for me the board meeting and so much of the morning was taken up discussing the festival and planning for the future … lots of good things are in store. But that also means that I don’t get to see many sessions.

Group Photo

Group Photo

the board boarding

the board boarding

 

But this afternoon I did get to drop in on the FIRST LOOKS panel session – an always popular session at any conference – where brave illustrators submit a short portfolio of work that is then critiqued by industry experts. This is such a valuable session for all who are there (let alone the volunteering illustrator) to hear about visual point of view, page layout, colour saturation, physical drawings of features, the utilisation of the computer as the ‘drawing’ tool, even as simple as the drawing of line.

The final event for the day was the annual AFCC Children’s Literature Lecture and this year it was amazing to hear about children’s books and story in the Arabic world delivered by Fatima Sharafeddine from Lebanon. She talked about the growing of books, the different dialects that are spoken and the publishing issues that presents, the breaking down (hopefully) of taboos in books crafted there, and much more. Wonderfully informative.

Fatima

Fatima

Lecture over it was time to dine so we marched off to a nearby cafe for succulent chicken and VEGETABLES. A perfect way to round out the evening … and so cheap!

Dinner

Dinner

And soon I shall be winging my way back home!

 

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