Taiwan TIBE Fellowship

Recently I was invited as part of a fellowship program to attend the Taipei International Book Exhibition. What a thrill! As one of seven publishers/agents from around the world I got to meet with other Chinese/Taiwanese publishers - share ideas, drink beers (and chinese tea!) and talk about all things book-like. I had to do a presentation to around 150 industry professionals, mostly from Taiwan and mainland China, about creating and publishing children's books and some of the benefits of working as a small team.  

Rubbing shoulders with Taiwan's best-known author/illustrator, Jimmy Liao

Highlights of the trip (in addition to meeting everyone including the wonderful Yuching Liu who cared so well for us fellows during our stay) included a trip to the Wysteria Japanese Tea House for lunch, a visit to the awesome Huashan 1914 Creative Park founded by the charismatic, witty (and sparkly-eyed!) Yuan-Liou, standing under Taipei 101 (one of the tallest buildings in the world), and dinner with our new agent - Gray Tan - his colleagues and the other fellows at a fantastic, back-street restaurant filled with live seafood and local families.

Our new agents Gray Tan and Anna Holmbrook and TIBE fellowship organiser, Yuching Liu

With my new fellowship friends from the Kalem agency in Turkey I even found myself onstage, guitar in hand, at a local pub's open mic night - free beer for my efforts! The headache is gone but the memories remain ... 

For a bit more about my time at the Taipei Book Fair with my ‘publishers hat’ on, check here for an article I wrote for PANZ (Publishers Association of New Zealand).

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