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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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The Little Black Fish

Beautifully produced books with a wide variety of illustration styles

Read a lovely review of Tiny Owl’s books by Philip Davies from Montessori St Nicholas: This publishing house was co-founded by Delaram Ghanimifard to produce books reflecting her Iranian culture through the work of writers and  illustrators from that country, and since 2015 Tiny Owl has published 16 books that celebrate the heritage of Persian culture in this way. These include the ‘Tales by Rumi’ series that introduce the work of the great thirteenth century…

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Watch: BBC interviews Ehsan Abdollahi at Edinburgh International Book Festival!

We’re very excited that Ehsan Abdollahi has been featured in a BBC documentary about the Edinburgh Festival! Welcome to Edinburgh 2017 aired on 19 August and can be found on the BBC iPlayer. Describing the vision for the Edinburgh Festival to be ‘a beacon for a better world’ in the wake of the Second World War, presenter Kirsty Wark explains in the documentary that the aim was to ‘create bonds that would transcend political and…

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Ehsan Abdollahi’s visa refusal overturned!

We are thrilled to announce a happy ending to the story of our illustrator’s visa. Ehsan Abdollahi, illustrator of When I Coloured In the World and A Bottle of Happiness, initially had his visa application refused for his planned visit to the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Now, after enormous public support, we have received news that his application has been granted and that all of Ehsan’s events in London and Edinburgh will be going ahead as planned. Delaram Ghanimifard, publisher at…

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Building Bridges of Colour not Walls of Mistrust!

Read a wonderful blog by artist Jackie Morris protesting the decision to deny a visa for Tiny Owl illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi to enter the UK. #VisaForAbdollahi   During a short holiday break, where internet access was joyfully reduced, on the occasions when a signal was achieved I discovered a disturbing story. The artist, Ehsan Abdollahi, who had been booked to speak at Edinburgh International Book Festival had been denied a visa to enter the UK. Ehsan’s…

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