Appreciating Asia - The AFCC in a lotus nut
|My home away from home - The Interlace, architecturally radical|
While the focus is understandably on Asian content and its creators, the flavour and vibe of the festival is undeniably international. I, along with a handful of other ANZ creators and industry personnel including Wai Chim, Briony Stewart, Lee Battersby, Kirsty Murray and Frances Plumpton, felt nothing but the quintessential open-armed warmth of Asian hospitality. In spite of the mind boggling number of delegates and presenters, every one had time for everyone else, or so it felt to me. An air of congeniality pervaded throughout the festival long after the aroma of our lunch time repasts faded.
|My other home - the National Library Singapore|
|Book Launch of The Fix-It Man in My Tree House, Central Library|
|The utterly delightful Far'ain Jaafar sharing our love of books|
|Pop-Up Reading of The Fix-It Man to fixated and weeping crowds|
|Closetful of Books' Denise Tan and Kelvin Ng were sales superstars|
|Opening Night Ceremony with James Mayhew paintforming with Rosemarie Somaiah|
|Frances Plumpton Literary Agent NZ|
|Festival Director, Kenneth Quek, Celebrating Our Stars in the Pod|
|View from the stunning 17th floor Pod atop the National Library Building|
|Gorgeous Singaporean illustrator, Melissa Tan aka Melt|
|My stash of Festival goodies and gifts. I had already scoffed all of Melissa's homemade bickies|
|Cake, the Books Actually bookshop cat. Don't touch his favourite titles|
I ended my sensational Singaporean sojourn with a few quick visits to some local bookshops.National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS). And while I'd love to stick around for a Singapore Sling or two to celebrate that one, I may have to hand over my paper plane for now. Thank you AFCC for a truly enriching and fulfilling week.