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The importance of translating children’s books to English

by translator Azita Rassi I vividly remember the day that my friend’s cute four-year-old daughter asked me what her favourite Iranian dish, ghormeh sabzi, was called in English. “They don’t have it over there, my dear, so they don’t have an English word for it,” said I, trying to explain to the shocked little girl. “But how do they live then?” she protested. It is not unusual for young children, or even young adults for…

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Will and Nill: both fable-like and contemporary

Buy Will and Nill   Miaow! Will and Nill has been featured as the ‘Iran’ stop in a 13-destination international tour of feline-themed children’s books by BookRiot.   Will and Nill, by Farhad Hasanzadeh, translated by Azita Rassi, illustrated by Atieh Markazi From India, we might as well take a short flight northwest to Tehran, where we can meet two hungry alley cats, Will and Nill. These are an odd couple of cats: Nill’s a sleeper and…

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We laughed and made colours laugh!

Ehsan Abdollahi’s poetry commemorates his UK visit Ehsan Abdollahi has written a poem to commemorate his first ever visit to the UK! Edinburgh Book Festival is now over, and the illustrator of When I Coloured In the World and A Bottle of Happiness has returned to Iran, but he writes of all his happy memories of his events in both London and Edinburgh. This beautiful poem has been translated from Farsi by Azita Rassi.  …

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Listen: podcast of Ehsan Abdollahi and Friends at the House of Illustration

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…

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A mood of celebration for Ehsan Abdollahi!

Our panel event at the House of Illustration had an air of celebration about it! A 70-strong audience and six wonderful panellists came together to celebrate Tiny Owl illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi’s arrival in the UK last week, 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…

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