24 Sep 2017
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission for full-day sessions
|RM 75||(SCBWI members, teachers and RNS members)|
Ticket bookings: https://comelkl2017.eventbrite.com
Successful writers, illustrators and creators of children's books share their candid experience
and provide tips to aspiring amateurs and professionals alike.
The inaugural CoMel literary event in Kuala Lumpur last year set itself apart from other literary
programmes by focusing not just on books as a source of children's stories, but also extending
the spotlight on the multi-dimensional aspects of story-telling, including films and comedy.
CoMel is a TED-styled event showcasing creators of children’s content across platforms to
speak about what truly moves them to produce the content that they do.
At CoMel, we feature themes which we hope would breathe life into content creators’ next
monumental children’s books.
This year, CoMel will feature a panel of speaker and presenters including renowned local and
award-winning international authors, illustrators and storytellers who will share the inspiration for
their stories and the motivation behind their works under this year's theme of "Books for Peace:
Peace for Children, Children for Peace" - a fitting theme as the International Day of Peace falls
on 21 September 2017.
CoMeL 2017 with Dr Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots
in conjunction with International Day of Peace
"Books for Peace"
Peace for Children, Children for Peace
"Comics as a medium of inclusion and for peace"
Peace is understanding of self and of others
Tim Kwok with Datuk LAT
Tim Kwok is the co-producer of Little Dragon, the latest Bruce Lee biopic.
Asi Sharabi (by video link)
Peace is a sense of belonging
Founder of LostMyName and a winner of Dragon's Den top funding, Asi Sharabi is currently a top-selling author of children's books. He did his PhD at the London School of Economics on children's literature with the aim of bridging the gap between Palestinian and Israeli children.
Shamini Mahadevan Flint
Peace through sports
Shamini Mahadevan Flint is the author of the YA sports series, including Soccer Diaries.
Dr. Jane Goodall (live storytelling by video link)
Peace with all creatures great and small
Peace is a world without prejudice.
"Finding peace within through stories and storytelling"
Dain Said is the award-winning director of Bunohan.
Harith Iskander, World's Funniest Man
Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, also known as Lat, is a popular Malaysian cartoonist, whose works
have captivated the young and old alike, of varying backgrounds and cultures, since the 1960s
to date. Having published more than 20 volumes of cartoons that vividly capture the reality of
Malaysia’s social and political scenes as well as having his works published in newspapers,
magazines, graphic novels, stamps and museum exhibits, he is still endearingly remembered
for his best-known work, The Kampung Boy, which has been translated into as many as 14
languages and adapted into an animated series, which has been broadcasted both locally and
internationally. He is the recipient of many awards for his works, including the international Arts
and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes in 2002. Though officially retired, he still
continues to draw and produce cartoons which accurately portray Malaysian life with all its
quirks and imperfections in such a manner which, rather than causing offence, inspires humour
and good will instead.
Asi Sharabi is the co-founder of personalised book company, Lost My Name (now known as
Wonderbly) and currently the publisher of the global top-selling children's books and winner of
Dragon’s Den top funding. The company publishes innovative personalised picture books aimed
at young children, which in the past few years have become the highest grossing picture books
in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada. Asi Sharabi, who previously worked in strategy for
digital communications and more recently digital innovation, completed his doctorate on
children's literature at the London School of Economics with the aim of bridging the gap
between Palestinian and Israeli children.
Shamini Mahadevan Flint is a Malaysian author currently based in Singapore. She is popularly
known as the author of the crime fiction novel series, Inspector Singh Investigates, which has
been translated into various languages around the world, as well as more than 36 children’s
books, including the Diary of a Soccer Star and “Diary of” series featuring different athletes in a
range of sports. Originally a lawyer by training before becoming an author, her books also
explore cultural themes and seeks to promote understanding of the society, politics and culture
of different Asian countries.
Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE, formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is a British
primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace, and is considered to be
the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. From an early age, she dreamt of traveling to
Africa to observe exotic animals in their natural habitats and when the opportunity arose, she
set out to Tanzania to study wild chimpanzees by sitting amongst them, bypassing more rigid
procedures and uncovering discoveries about primate behavior that have continued to shape
scientific discourse. She received a Ph.D. in ethology in 1965 at Cambridge University,
becoming only the eighth person in the university's long history who was allowed to pursue a
Ph.D. without first earning a baccalaureate degree. Her doctoral thesis, "Behavior of the
Free-Ranging Chimpanzee," detailed her first five years of study at the Gombe Reserve. Dame Jane
is best known for her over 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees
and is a highly respected member of the world scientific community as well as a staunch
advocate of ecological preservation. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the
Roots & Shoots programme, and has worked, and continues to work, extensively on
conservation and animal welfare issues.
Imran Ahmad was born in Pakistan and moved to England in the 1960s at the age of one.
Following the events of 9/11 and the deterioration in relations between America and the Muslim
world and increasing Islamophobia globally, he was inspired to write his book, The Perfect
Gentleman, as a way of re-humanizing the ordinary Muslim person. The book, which was first
published in 2012, received recognition by several major newspapers as being one of the ‘best
books of the year’ and has been placed on the reading lists for English Literature in several
academic institutions. In The Perfect Gentleman, Imran Ahmad tells his life story, from leaving
Karachi, Pakistan at the age of one, to growing up as a Muslim immigrant in London. He
currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dain Iskandar Said is a renowned Malaysian writer and film director. After graduating in Film
and Photography from the University of Westminster, London in 1990, he worked on several
short films, television programmes, commercials, media installations and documentaries. After
debuting his first feature film in 2007 entitled Dukun, he shot to global prominence in 2011 with
his subsequent feature film Bunohan: Return to Murder, which had its world premiere at the
2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was praised for its solid, visceral storytelling
and arresting photography. Bunohan went on to win various awards around the world.
Harith Iskander is a popular Malaysian comedian, actor, host, director and writer, who has
performed stand-up comedy for more than 25 years. Considered to be the "Godfather of Stand-
Up Comedy" in Malaysia, he won Asia's Best Stand-Up Comedian Award 2014 as well as the
Funniest Person in the World competition in December 2016.