Sunday, May 31, 2015

Asian Festival of Children's Content, Day One: Launch and Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award Prize Presentation

The Asian Festival of Children's Content kicked off  it's week-long series of events including:  talks, workshops, masterclasses, speed pitching rounds and, the very first ever AFCC retreat on the Indonesian island of Bintan.

While a select few authors and illustrators were on their way to a literary adventure of a lifetime with Andrea Passion-Flores, Sarah Odedina, Candy Gourlay and Catarina Sobral, the majority of the delegates were at the Mochtar Riardy Auditorium of the SMU Administration Building for AFCC's opening ceremony and Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award prize presentation.

Book Council Chairman, Claire Chiang delivered the opening address before Guest-of-Honour Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs,  Minister of Communications and Information, Yacoob Ibrahim, spoke of the stories his grandmother regaled him with in his childhood.

Then Edmund Lim, Chief Judge of the Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Awards spoke briefly of the judging process and before the guest-of-honour was invited back on stage to present the prize.

After a few moments of keeping the audience in suspense,
The nominees were:  'Hidden in Plain Sight' by Su-Lin Ang, 'Letters to Aly' by Li-Ann, 'The Mango Tree' by Hidayah Amin, 'Not in the Stars' by Pauline Loh , The Diary of Amos Lee: Monkeying in Malaysia' by Adeline Foo, illustrated by Stephanie Wong. 

After a few moments of keeping us in suspense, the emcee announced that it was a tie. The winners of this year's award
'The Rock and the Bird' by Chew Chia Shao Wei  and Angee Neo and 'The Mango Tree' by Hidayah Amin and Idris Ali.

Congratulations to the winners and the finalists, well-deserved, well-deserved. 

 My publisher Edmund Wee is all smiles below after securing a second consecutive win with one of his books. Do you think it's a good time to ask for a royalty increase? Thanks, Edmund, we love you!

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