We were informed yesterday that unfortunately, Marjan Vafaian’s visa was refused and she cannot attend Edinburgh Book Festival in August. She was travelling from Iran and had all the requested documents to get the visa.
We are especially saddened that children will miss her workshops and unique artworks in Edinburgh and London in late August. Hope we can have her in the UK for events in the future.
You can see a gallery of her works here.
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Today I read A Rainbow in My Pocket, first published in Persian, and now available from Tiny Owl Press in London. Ali Seidabadi and Hoda Haddadi have captured the whimsical thoughts of a young Iranian girl, who reminds me of many young Americans. I was particularly taken with these lines: “I wish people/Would talk using only nice words- /Poetry/ Songs,/ Not harsh words/ That prod/ And poke you.” We need more multicultural books in our home and library collections and also more books created in other countries like A Rainbow in My Pocket. Thank you Ali for this inspiring and beautiful book.
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More about this book:
- A joyous whimsical poem. A review by Mirrors, Windows, Doors
- Discover your own rainbows. A review by Armadillo.
- Dreamy poems like a child’s imagination. A review by Guardian Witness, Nicky Wallis.
- Why the ants queue in such a straight line? A review by Parents In Touch.
- Watch this short video introducing Hoda Hadadi, the illustrator. Link
- A book for personal contemplation. A review by Jill Bennett.
- Poetic side of Tiny Owl Publishing. A blog post.