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The brilliant Pathways into Children’s Publishing featured Bijan and Manije on their Instagram. Pathways is a new two-year illustration programme for diverse, talented and ambitious artists who believe they can be the next generation of children’s illustrators. Read what they said below.

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Written by Ferdowsi in the 10th century, the "Shahnameh" or the "Book of Kings" is a Persian epic that is important to Iranian culture. Taking a tale from this literary masterpiece, the children's book "Bijan & Manije" narrates the plight of two star-crossed lovers through simple prose and richly textured pictures. ⁣ ⁣ Books like "Bijan and Manije" help the world of children's publishing reflect the diversity of the UK today.Through her illustrations, Marjan Vafaian makes this tale accessible to young readers, who can learn more about the world or themselves through the power of pictures. ⁣ ⁣ The #Pathways programme is working towards training budding children's illustrators from disadvantaged backgrounds to launch their career in children's illustration so that they too can enrich the world of children's publishing – like "Bijan and Manije" has. ⁣ ⁣ Apply now – follow the link in our bio.⁣ ⁣ Image "Bijan and Manije" written by Ali Seidabadi, illustrated by Marjan Vafaian and published by Tiny Owl @tiny_owl_publishing @marjan_vafaeian #illustration #books #art #artist #childrensillustration #colour #culture #publishing #asia #diversitymatters #iran

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  • review by educational consultant Anne Harding: an epic tale of love
  • A review by Terry Potter from The Letterpress Project: gloriously illustrated and beautifully produced
  • review by English Association: Vibrant illustrations echoing the richness of the language

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