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The journey to realising the All In! Young Writers Festival

The journey to realising the All In! Young Writers Festival [21 Feb 2017]

For someone with a teaching background, it was challenging to make the transition from academia to project management. I was grateful that my media background came in handy when I joined NBDCS, and especially when I was tasked to manage the All In! Young Writers Festival, immediately after its run... Details

A Peek Into the Life of an Awards Manager

A Peek Into the Life of an Awards Manager [14 Feb 2017]

I have been with the Book Council for nearly three years, and have been running the awards programmes since then. It’s been a pretty wild ride, especially in my first year when I was thrown in the deep end and made to run the newly-expanded Singapore Literature Prize... Details

Food, fantasy, and Indonesia…

Food, fantasy, and Indonesia… [24 Jan 2017]

Last year, as part of the festivities for NBDCS' literary festival for children's books, the Asian Festival of Children's Content, we brought back our popular online illustration contest, the afccSKETCH, to encourage both budding and established illustrators from around the world to submit creative and original artworks. ... Details

Love to illustrate? Here’s a BIG opportunity to showcase your work

Love to illustrate? Here’s a BIG opportunity to showcase your work [17 Jan 2017]

Often, a picture relates to the reader first, before the words do. The Book Illustrators Gallery, also known as BIG, is a yearly illustration exhibition that takes place as part of  NBDCS' annual Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC). Many visitors, we're told, have been... Details

Creating picture book stories in Japan

Creating picture book stories in Japan [10 Jan 2017]

What happens when you bring together 23 artistic students from Singapore and some very curious high school students from Japan to create a picture book?  Singapore students from art and design schools, together with Hakuba High school students, outside Hakuba High School Magical moments such as these, occur!  All... Details

Remembering Mrs Rama

Remembering Mrs Rama [27 Dec 2016]

We are so sad today upon the passing of Prema (or Mrs Rama as we called her), the wife of our Executive Director Mr Rama. In my five years at the Book Council, I met Mrs Rama several times a year, usually at Deepavali, and again when the staff were... Details

Year-end message from the Executive Director, NBDCS [20 Dec 2016]

Dear supporters of The Book Council, Thank you for your kind support of our programmes and activities in 2016. This year has been really a good one for us at the National Book Development Council of Singapore. The following programmes, which remain the core of what we do, were very... Details

What children’s book illustrators can look out for at AFCC 2017

What children’s book illustrators can look out for at AFCC 2017 [13 Dec 2016]

Did you know that The Book Council is filled with people with varied talents and interests? For example, Judi likes creating poems and repurposing old bags, Adan enjoys writing and reading heaps of comics, and Mabel likes editing (hehe… I'm leaving her to edit this post). As for... Details

A cosy evening with Pooja Nansi at NBDCS’ Twilight Tales

A cosy evening with Pooja Nansi at NBDCS’ Twilight Tales [6 Dec 2016]

Have you attended NBDCS' Twilight Tales?  On 26 November 2016, Pooja Nansi, author of two collections of poetry, and recipient of the Young Artist Award, shared with us inspirations behind some of her literary works, including those from Love is an Empty Barstool. Award-winning poet Cyril Wong (our... Details

A rewarding overseas trip to Jakarta, Country of Focus for AFCC 2017

A rewarding overseas trip to Jakarta, Country of Focus for AFCC 2017 [23 Nov 2016]

On the morning of 11 November 2016, the AFCC and NBDCS team went on an overseas trip to Jakarta, the Country of Focus for the Asian Festival of Children's Content 2017!  Our first stop was the National Library, where we met with publishers, authors and illustrators. Ms Claire Chiang, the... Details