If only children didn’t grow up so fast.
For #Fast Junior, we’ll be using the age-old trick of getting them to sit and listen: storytelling! There will also be a workshop for parents on how to read to their kids, plus a writing workshop for teenagers. The British Council, in conjunction with #Fast: The Cooler Lumpur Festival is offering a FREE course to talented young teenagers who want to show off their writing and illustration skills to create a graphic novel. Works will then be published and displayed in [email protected] during the Cooler Lumpur Festival. Click here, for more information.
#Word Junior during #Word: The Cooler Lumpur Festival in 2013
Storytelling by Shamini Flint
Shamini Flint lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. She began her career in law in Malaysia and also worked at an international law firm in Singapore. She travelled extensively around Asia for her work, before resigning to be a stay-at-home mum, writer, part-time lecturer and environmental activist, all in an effort to make up for her ‘evil’ past as a corporate lawyer! Shamini has sold over 500,000 books since she began writing six years ago.
Shamini writes children’s books with cultural and environmental themes including Jungle Blues and Turtle takes a Trip and the ‘Sasha’ series, which are mainly focused on Asia. She also writes crime fiction, the first three books are Inspector Singh Investigates – A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder, Inspector Singh Investigates: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul and Inspector Singh Investigates: The Singapore School of Villainy published by international publisher Little Brown translated and distributed across the world. The fourth title in the series published in April 2011 Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree with more to follow. Shamini’s fifth Inspector Singh novel, A Curious Indian Cadaver, was released in April 2012.
Storytelling by Lydia Teh
Lydia Teh is as Malaysian as nasi lemak, char kuay teow and roti canai. Born and raised in Klang, which is about an hour’s drive from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, she still lives in this royal town which is known for its bah-kut-teh: herbal stewed pork consumed with copious amounts of Chinese tea.
In between cooking, chauffeuring and caring for the children, she managed to complete a writing correspondence course which started her on a journey of writing. She has written for newspapers such as The Star and The New Straits Times, websites such as e-homemakers and Women’s International Net as well as magazines such as Her World and Good Living Magazine.
She has written seven books including the bestselling Honk! If You’re Malaysian which occupied permanent residence status on the best sellers’ lists for almost a year and the latest, a comic titled The Wordy Tales of Eh Poh Nim #1 Big Bertha Meets Eh Poh Nim.
She is also a columnist at theSun newspaper. Family Teh Time with Lydia Teh appears every Tuesday. She now runs an English language centre.
The Teen Graphic Novel Writing Presentation by British Council
We will be presenting the results from the three-day workshop in developing new stories for graphic novels. Expect to see some of the work displayed in written form as well as illustrated. Graphic artist Andrew Drilon will also be giving a sharing session to interested parties on how he got into the drawing and graphic novels.
Illustrations by Boey Chee Ming
Boey Chee Ming is a Malaysian artist. Primarily known only as Boey, he is best recognised by his illustrations on foam coffee cups, his daily webcomic I Am Boey, and theautobiographical graphic novel When I Was A Kid. Boey writes full-time and does freelance design work. He is also a traveling lecturer and has spoken at Ted X Weldquay. Boey currently has a weekly comic published in The Edge (Malaysia) newspaper.
Animal Tales: Storytelling for Little Tykes! By Kamini Ramachandran
Join renowned international storyteller Kamini Ramachandran in this highly participative storytelling session! Spend the morning with this storyteller and you’ll not only get to listen to stories but make your own animal puppets to take home!
Kamini will tell stories for 30-minutes and a simple craft activity will follow. Basic craft materials are provided. Parents are encouraged to assist their children with the craft activity and be responsible for child safety. The craft activity involves the use of scissors.
Suitable for ages 4 – 8 years old.
Toddlers and babies below 4 years of age are not allowed in the session.