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A short report from Little’s Market in Edinburgh

by Delaram Ghanimifard, Co founder at Tiny Owl 

Tiny Owl visited the beautiful and mysterious city of Edinburgh on the 29th and 30th of October. There, we attended the children’s book fair at the Fruitmarket Gallery (thanks to Allison Everett). We like attending these occasions from time to time, because it puts us in a direct contact with the people who see and read our books and we get invaluable feedbacks directly from them. Meeting people from Edinburgh was a delight, as this city is rightly called the Athens of the North. I read books to children on two occasions and seeing them listening carefully with their thumbs in their mouth just melted my heart!

Storytelling at Fruitmarket Gallery
Storytelling at Fruitmarket Gallery

The highlight of the weekend for us was meeting Vivian French again and having a nice chat that we hope leads to a new book with her for our intercultural project! She kindly gifted us one of her books with Jackie Morris, which is out of print and rare to find. Thank you Vivian!

A gift from Vivian French
A gift from Vivian French

Regarding the feedback we got, many of our visitors looked at the books and the artwork, and told me they loved the books for themselves as well as their children. We had people stopping by without children, looking at the books and sighing. Something held them back from having the books, as if they were labeled “for children only!”. I wanted to say “Come on guys! Embrace your inner child. You already buy colouring in books and nothing’s wrong with that. Picture books are for EVERYONE”.

 

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