AFCC – last day

This was a quick trip to Singapore for AFCC and for my third day there I had another moderating session, this for Dr. Janet Evans where she talked about migration, immigration and children’s books. It was a wonderful and informative session, especially listening to the audio of the children’s interpretation of the books and the their thoughts on them, with many people there taking copious notes – and she used lots of Aussie books too.

My morning though started with the AFCC Board Meeting where we discussed amongst other things future festivals, and themes, the festival stats (those are coming) and all sorts of possibilities that we can investigate.

Board Meeting

Board Meeting

I am only sorry that my time here was all too brief as I was often occupied. I saw just a few of the wonderful Japanese sessions and would most definitely have loved to attended more. Thankfully I did get to spend some time with our wonderful SCBWI Regional Advisor Catherine Carvell, discussing lots of possibilities and ideas. She is doing a stellar job leading the Singapore crew.

the Japanese Crew

the Japanese Crew

AFCC also hosted the Golden Baobab Prize for African Illustrators as part of the illustrators gallery – so fantastic it is to see such amazing different art. Sometimes i think we are closeted in what we know and seeing these cultural works are so enlightening.

I also caught up (again albeit it all too briefly) with Evelyn Ghozalli, the SCBWI RA from Indonesia. Again, it was just weeks ago that we were attending Bologna where she showcased her work and those of her Indonesian members. Evelyn has been alerted that next year Indonesia is the country of focus and I WILL see more!

Every year I come to Singapore I amazed at the changing landscape but the food, ah that is always spectacular and the friends I meet again and again like David Liew (we delved into lots of chatting about books and creating and the book he created for AFCC) is always grand.

with David Liew

with David Liew

And as for the local scenery … a few snaps here (see, i didn’t get to stroll around much!):

SO, that is it for the 2016 edition of AFCC. It will be on again next year for the 8th instalment at the National Library of Singapore from 24 – 28 May. Mark it in calendars now. Looking forward to another AFCC infusion!

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