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Ehsan Abdollahi’s self-portrait with his declined application

Our podcast of Ehsan Abdollahi’s panel discussion event at the House of Illustration is available now!

A 70-strong audience and six wonderful panellists came together on 10 August 2017 to celebrate Tiny Owl illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi’s arrival in the UK, for an evening of discussion about art, borders and intercultural collaboration.

The panel was chaired by Erica Jarnes, managing director of the Poetry Translation Centre. The panellists sharing the stage with Ehsan Abdollahi were illustrator James Mayhew, author Beverley Naidoo, translator Azita Rassi, and Tiny Owl’s very own Delaram Ghanimifard. It was a wonderfully interesting, enlightening and hopeful evening, with a strong message of the importance and power of art and intercultural dialogue.

Ehsan Abdollahi, the illustrator of Tiny Owl’s picture books When I Coloured In the World and A Bottle of Happiness, made headlines recently when his visa application was declined, denying him the opportunity to appear at Edinburgh International Book Festival. After an overwhelming surge of public support and media coverage in the Guardian and The Bookseller, this refusal was overturned, enabling him to visit the UK as planned.

This special event was arranged to celebrate the successful campaign and to discuss the urgent issues it raised.

Here is the podcast of the full event. You can listen here or on Soundcloud:



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