AFCC 2013 Singapore

It has been a week since I last updated this blog as I was in Singapore to attend Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2013 (AFCC 2013) from 25th May until 29th May 2013. I wanted to blog from the hotel but the connection was too slow.

my spot
My spot at AFCC held at National Library Building, Singapore.

I supplied illustrations for AFCC to use on their website and prints, and in return, I got 5-day tickets to enter the festival and my own table! As Kota Buku is representing Malaysia, I went with them as Guest Illustrator and they provided me with accommodation. Wasn’t that great? I only have to bring pocket money to buy books and food. But most of the time, I ate free at the festival. Haha…now I can relate to the quote “best things in life are free.”

Evi, Emila and Evelyn.
3-Es at AFCC; Evi, Emila and Evelyn. Photo courtesy of Evi Shelvia.

Apart from that, Kota Buku commissioned me to paint a big painting for Guest of Honour during Malaysian Night in Singapore. I am truly touched that Kota Buku has arranged for me to present the painting myself (and also my picture books) to HRH Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah during the event.

me and VVIPs
From left: Ms. Lim Li Kok (NBDCS Chairperson), Ms. Claire Chang (AFCC Chairman), HRH Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah (Sultanah of Johor), me and Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Asiah binti Abu Samah Kota Buku Chairman).

This is my first year attending AFCC. AFCC has been around since 2010 and it intend to be the hub of children’s book festival in Asia; in other words; the Bologna of Asia.

Overall, AFCC was a great experience. I got to meet illustrators, book publishers and many more. To see more photos, do visit my FB page: AFCC Singapore.


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Kota Buku donates paintings for School-in-Hospital (SDH)

Remember that I paint something during Children’s Literature Festival last year?

Yesterday I saw it being handed officially by Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah to Deputy Prime Minister’s wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, who is the patron of ‘Hati Nurani’ project.

My painting at its 5 minutes of fame. Standing on the left of painting: YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Asiah binti Abu Samah, Kota Buku Chairman; middle: YBhg. Puan Sri Hajah Noorainee binti Abdul Rahman, DPM’s wife and right; DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah. Also present to witness was Dr. Haji Awang bin Sariyan, Director General, DBP (in blue batik).

For your information, The SDH, carried out in collaboration with the Education and Health Ministries, was inspired by the Deputy Prime Minister’s wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman. The project is aimed at providing formal education to students and children treated at hospitals.

Raja Zarith Sofiah who has authored several children’s books, including Puteri Gunung Ledang will be the patron for future children’s literature activities organised by Kota Buku and DBP.

A total of 10 paintings (out of 30; including mine) painted during Children’s Literature Festival, University of Malaya (UM) were donated to SDH during Prize giving ceremony of ‘Peraduan Mengarang Buku Bergambar Kanak-kanak 2012’ organised by Kota Buku and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka yesterday at Prince Hotel, KL.

Here is me and friends during the event:

From left: Nur Nadia, Ida Sri Sulo, moi and Kak Alimah Salam.

From left; Nur Nadia, moi, Huda XD, Syakirin Saharom, Mustakim Ismail and Ajiq Mhz. The latter 4 are architecture students , UM. They also participated in the painting project and their paintings were amongst the selected ones.

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Children’s Literature Festival, Kuala Lumpur

I have been busy attending Children’s Literature Festival since Nov 1. The festival will be until Nov 6, 2012.

I am here to do illustration demonstration along with 19 other illustrators. Am selling books, postcards and few other little stuff.

This Children’s Literature Festival is the first of its kind organised by Kota Buku, a government-linked body newly set up this year in line with the government’s initiative to encourage the interest in reading among children and young students as well as to stimulate the growth of children’s book industry in Malaysia. I really hope that this effort will see the rising numbers of children books by local writers and illustrators. I, myself, am excited to contribute to the industry.

Having a ‘Reading Fantasia’ theme, the main objective of this festival is to be the meeting point for publishers, readers, writers and illustrators by having relevant activities, workshop, seminar and book exhibition. This festival has been going on since November 1 and will continue until November 6, 2012. There are booksellers, story-telling sessions, batik painting as well as special appearances by children’s favourite characters such as Upin and Ipin, Boboboi and Supertot.

Please bring your kids along and join in the fun! For full list of activities, please visit Kota Buku’s FB page.

 Happy to see my illustrations on the poster! Licensed with a fee 🙂


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