Book your tickets to AFCC 2020!

3-4 October 2020 | 9am-5pm (SGT)
$30- $60 Passes Available | Sessions will be available for two weeks for pass holders

Via Zoom

Just two weeks till you voyage with the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) Digital Symposium this year! Enjoy various panel discussions, book launches and festival activities, now all online! Find out how the international publishing and literary industry is adapting to the challenges brought about by COVID-19, and uncover new ways of sharing Asian stories with children and young adults.

Highlight Sessions

Building Resilience in Children During Crisis
3 October 2020 |11am - 12nn (SGT)
Session is accessible via digital passes from $30 -$60 | Via Zoom
Featured speakers: Myra Garces-BacsalPatrick Yee and Tohby Riddle

Deep-dive with us and discover how books that deal with socially and culturally sensitive issues can be a source of support for children during challenging times.

The Power of Poetry
3 October 2020 | 1pm - 2pm (SGT)

Session is accessible via digital passes from $30 -$60 | Via Zoom
Featured speakers: Mariko NagaiNaomi Shihab Nye and Deborah Emmanuel

Poetry can be a powerful tool for children to explore their feelings within a simplified form. Explore the poetic form, its functions and potential, and how it can be a quiet, but powerful and inventive medium in writing for children.

This is What I Read: Spotlight on Young Book Reviewers
3 October 2020 | 4pm - 5pm (SGT)

Session is accessible via digital passes from $30 -$60 | Via Zoom
Featured Speakers: Ang Ben Wai, Bobby Hu, Swetha Senthilkumar and Tay Tze Ern 

Hear from our target audience on what they enjoy seeing in the books that they read and what they are looking out for in books to come. 

(A New) Required Reading: Comics and Graphic Novels in Schools
4 October 2020 | 11am - 12nn (SGT)

Session is accessible via digital passes from $30 -$60 | Via Zoom
Featured Speakers: Felicia Low-Jimenez, Carol Tilley, Remy Lai and Minh Lê

Comics and graphic novels have long been overlooked as potential reading aids for children. With more writers and publishers producing comics and graphic novels for younger readers, learn how to help your children and students cultivate a love for reading through comic books and graphic novels in this session.

Building Virtual Communities: Do's and Dont'ts
4 October 2020 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm (SGT)

Session is accessible via digital passes from $30 -$60 | Via Zoom
Featured Speakers: Dexter Ong and David Liew

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we interact with others, with digital/online interaction now considered the norm for the foreseeable future across industries including creative content and education. This panel will discuss about these changes and how creators and users are building new virtual communities.

AFCC 2020: Book Launches

26 September 2020 | 11:30pm - 5pm (SGT)
27 September 2020 | 11:30am - 6:30pm (SGT)
Free via registration

Catch a line up of eight book launches by renowned publishers such as Asiapac Books, Epigram Books and Marshall Cavendish and exciting new authors on 26th and 27th September! Check the list on our website for the full schedule!

Highlight Events

The 6th Bai Meigui Translation Competition
26 September 2020 | 7pm - 8pm (SGT)
Free via registration

Join us for the launch of Sleepy, Sleepy New Year, the winning entry from the 6th Bai Meigui Translation Competition on 26 September, from 7pm - 8pm (SGT) on AFCC's Facebook.

3 October 2020 | 6pm - 6:30pm (SGT)
Free via registration

Rediscover the magic of Asia's most beloved and popular folktales in this one-of-a-kind compilation. Watch the book launch on 3 October via Facebook.

HABA Awards Ceremony
4 October 2020 | 6pm - 6:30pm (SGT)
Free via registration

Join us for the award ceremony and find out who is the winner of the 5th edition of the Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award on 4 October, from 6pm on AFCC's Facebook page.

 Sing Lit Sounds: A Silent Disco

8 & 16 October 2020 | 7pm - 10:30pm (SGT)
Various Prices | Registration via Peatix

Don’t miss this complete auditory and textual experience that pays homage to Singapore's official languages. Explore primordial music tracks produced by .gif, Fauxe and Mantravine, and commissioned by #BuySingLit. Join the jam-packed party filled with readings, an open-mic and an all-night disco with the musicians in the comfort of your home! Be one of the first 60 to register by by 25 September and receive a $10 #BuySingLit e-book voucher!

Redeem your #BuySingLit vouchers by 30 September 2020!

If you are still holding onto your #BuySingLit vouchers, you have nine more days to head down to your favourite bookstores and purchase SingLit reads! Vouchers are available for redemption till 30 September 2020!

Visit our website to find out how you can keep your book vouchers safe during the stay home period!

SBC Academy: September and October Programmes

The Final Steps: Literary Translation Workshop
24 September - 15 October 2020 | 7pm - 8:30pm (SGT)
Online Zoom* Sessions | $180 (ticketing charges apply)

*Link will be sent after registration is successful

Are you a translator looking to refine your skills? This intensive course is just for you! Undertake the final stages of the translation process via a realistic case study scenario over three weeks. Learn the importance of identifying your readership and positioning your work within the publishing industry. At the end of the three weeks, you will be given the opportunity to work with industry insiders and judge your own work!


Translation, Intepretation, Adaptation
30 September 2020 | 8pm - 9:30pm (SGT)
Online Zoom* Session | Free with registration
*Link will be sent after registration is successful

Translators play an important role in bridging stories and cultural nuances. They provide access to literary works written in different languages. Join us this International Translation Day for a session with translators and authors as they share about the issues they face in bringing works to audiences that were not the original intended readers.

Penghantaran Karya dan Pencalonan untuk Anugerah Persuratan 2020 (AP2020) sudah bermula!
(Call for submissions and nominations for AP2020 has begun!)

Anugerah Persuratan merupakan usaha berterusan Majlis Bahasa Melayu Singapura (MBMS) dalam mengiktiraf para penulis yang bergiat dalam seni persuratan.

Sertakan karya anda untuk penilaian bagi AP2020 sekarang! Kami juga menjemput anda untuk mencalonkan tokoh sastera untuk Anugerah Khas yang akan diberikan! Lungsuri lelaman MBMS ini untuk maklumat lanjut. Tarikh tutup penyertaan dan pencalonan: Khamis, 12 November 2020, jam 6 petang.

The Malay Language Council, Singapore (MLCS) will hold its biennial Anugerah Persuratan (Malay Literary Award) in 2020.

If you have published a book from 2017-2019, we would like to invite you to submit your work for the Malay Literary Award 2020 now! You can also nominate your favourite Malay writers for the Special Awards that will be given out.

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