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A rollercoaster of stress, uncertainty and hope

An article by Tiny Owl publisher Delaram Ghanimifard This is the fourth year that Tiny Owl has faced difficulties regarding their authors and illustrators being granted visas to attend Edinburgh International Book Festival. Last year and this year, the situation was met with a great deal of public outcry and support for Tiny Owl and their artists. Tiny Owl co-founder and publisher Delaram Ghanimifard shares the struggles and stresses of the experience. Read her wonderful…

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Frustrating uncertainty about visas for Edinburgh Festival – The Bookseller

Tiny Owl illustrators still awaiting visas for Edinburgh International Book Festival  “We don’t know why issuing visas for our fab illustrators is taking longer than usual. It is so important that politics doesn’t shade our cultural landscape. Children at Edinburgh Book Festival are looking forward to seeing their favourite illustrators Ehsan Abdollahi and Marjan Vafaeian.” This was a tweet from Tiny Owl this morning. The festival starts shortly and it’s really disappointing that our illustrators are…

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Reflecting on the reality!

 A response to the results of CLPE’s report on diversity in children’s books  By Simran Divatia, a second-generation Indian based in Reading  The first time I read a book that had a main character that looked like me, I was 11. It was many years too late, because I had spent most of my childhood feeling as though the magical adventures, schoolgirl mischief or secret mysteries I so loved to read about were things that…

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Publishers should cross barriers and make a CHANGE

Interview with two indie small publishers in response to the CLPE report on diversity in children’s books This week, CLPE released their brilliant report, Reflecting Realities, which documented the ethnic diversity of children’s literature in the UK in 2017. This is the first time that this kind of survey of UK children’s books has been carried out, and it has revealed a huge lack of representation and diversity. Only 4% of children’s books featured BAME…

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Introducing ‘Hope in A Scary World’ series

Pre-Order There’s Room for Everyone Looking into the belly of your telly can offer up some terrifying images for both adults and children! In this interview with Tiny Owl publisher Delaram Ghanimifard, we talk about how these frightening images inspired the new series of books ‘Hope in a Scary World’, and the importance of hope and kindness in children’s books. The series is launching with Anahita Teymorian’s There’s Room for Everyone, but this exciting and meaningful…

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