Rottnest Retreat 2013 – for Children’s Writers and Illustrators

Children’s writers and illustrators are invited to apply for selection to be a presenter  or a workshop facilitator at the 2013 Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators ( SCBWI) West Retreat ( 13- 16 June 2013) on the magical Rottnest Island in Western Australia.

The retreat promises to be an excellent opportunity to mingle with Australian publishers, industry leaders and fellow writers and illustrators.

The Singapore representative selected is expected to either conduct a workshop or give a presentation on their craft or publishing experience. SCBWI West may also be able to help organise media opportunities, and school or library visits for the Singapore representative.

The retreat is co-organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and The Australia West chapter of the SCBWI West. SCBWI West will cover the Singapore representative’s three nights’ accommodation on Rottnest Island and one night’s accommodation in Perth/Fremantle. NBDCS will cover travel costs incurred by the Singapore representative to Perth.
For further information on the retreat, please visit:!/scbwi.westaustralia?fref=ts


Application details:

This programme is open only to Singaporean and Singapore Permanent Residents living and residing in Singapore. Applications from unpublished creators with experience and talent will be considered, but a publishing record will give more weight to the application. Only one person will be selected from the pool of applicants.


Please download the application form here. All applications must reach NBDCS as either a soft copy or a hard copy by Monday, 25 February 2013
(a)    Soft copy submission via email to
(b)   Hard copy submission addressed to Ms Premadevi, NBDCS, 50 Geylang East Ave 1, and Singapore 389777


If I were a Blue Kangaroo

The Arts House, the National Book Development Council of Singapore and the Asian Festival of Children’s Content Book Club present the Singapore launch of If I Were A Blue Kangaroo.

Written in rhyme with a metre that is just right, If I Were A Blue Kangaroo is a tender story of friendship told by an author who refuses to succumb to the mould that comes with being a stiff, more-boring-than-thou grown-up.

The beautifully rendered picture book begins with the promise of fantastic travels afforded to a blue kangaroo but ends with the most reassuring realisation that no adventure is greater than that of having a friend, making it a perfect bedtime story.


AFCC Book Club: The Singapore Launch of If I Were A Blue Kangaroo

Date: 5 Dec 2012, Wednesday

Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Blue Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

Free admission! Register now!


Free stickers & bookmarks for all children attendees. Buy the book at a special price of S$12 at the Book Club! Original Price: S$15.90.


Download flyer.


About David

David Seow was born and raised in Singapore.. He is the author of 24 well-received children’s picture books, many of which feature his niece and nephews as the main characters. David’s other titles include Theres Soup on My Fly, Blow A Kiss, The Littlest Emperor, and Monkey: The Classic Chinese Adventure Tale. David is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


Tel: (65) 6848 8290