Wendy's session was great, what can I say, the lady's a genius. I bought her book and I got her stuffed emu too. Hey, don't judge me, I collect toys!
After 'signing' my deal with Shirin. Sarah and Sally Murphy wanted to get into the picture decided to pose 'red-carpet' style in front of the AFCC backdrop. I was tempted to ask them who they were wearing but figured I would have to google the designers online to find out who they were, so I ultimately decided not to.
After that I ran into Simon who was prepping for their speed pitch sessions. Sarah and Linda were pitching too and I tried my darnedest to make them nervous but they know me too well and it didn't work.
Simon was so prepared that it was not even funny. Sarah was prepared as well, but she had already pitched last year so this was all old hat to her. I managed to sneakily snap two shots as they were pitching. I don't know why they call it a speed pitch when it's really not that speedy. Here they are both pitching to Alison Norrington.
After their pitch session, I hung out for a bit at Closetful of Books before grabbing a drink at the Library with Wendy and then heading home to change for the last event of the Festival, China Night at the SMU Administration Building.
|Felicia, Ken, Evelyn and Myra|
|Emcees for the evening: Amy Cheng and Caleb Tsai|
|The Deputy Director, Children and Juvenile Division|
Then it was time for the rep from Hunan Publishing House to deliver the final speech of the evening on behalf of the country of focus, China!
With the speeches delivered, the evening was far from over, there was a special performance of R Chandran's 'The Snail who didn't Want his Shell' by the children of ACT3 International.
|The Snail Who Didn't Want his Shell by Act 2 Int'l.|
The kids were adorable and I think we should get them to perform every year. After they took their bow, Tsai and Amy invited the Chairman and the authors from both China and Singapore on stage to unveil Lion's Heart, Painted Thoughts, a collaboration between writers from both China and Singapore.
The second book that was unveiled that night was the Chinese translated version of Water by Chris Cheng and illustrated by Susanna Goho. Let me just say that Water's flowing around the world because it was translated into Hindi last year! It's a great book and I can't wait to see it translated into Japanese next year! (Japan is next year's country of focus).
The Chairman and Ms Sim Ann presented the representatives from the host country with a specially commissioned piece of art by Susanna Goho-Quek.
With that, AFCC had officially come to a close and it was time to let loose, mix, mingle and munch from the buffet. Congratulations to the entire NBDCS team for pulling off yet another fantastic AFCC. I'm looking forward to next year's festival.
|Evelyn, Chris. Auntie Susanna|
|Fred, Malavika and Adan|
|The NBDCS Team|
|Tsai, Mr Rama, Auntie Susanna|