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Overwhelming support for Ehsan Abdollahi

Our illustrator’s visa refusal has prompted a huge outcry. We announced last Thursday that Ehsan Abdollahi, illustrator of When I Coloured In the World and A Bottle of Happiness, had been denied a visa for his planned visit to the UK for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Since then, we’ve received an outpouring of support for him and protests at the decision, not just in the UK but from all over the world. From articles…


Let’s not build walls around ourselves!

By pippa Goodhart* The subject of this blog makes me feel sad and angry and ashamed of my country.  Why? Publisher Tiny Owl, already creating English language versions of Iranian picture books, decided to embark on a new and positive venture in children’s publishing.  They chose to create books across cultures by pairing up authors and illustrators from different story and artistic traditions.  I was honoured to be asked to write the first of these…


Tiny Owl illustrator was refused entry. Why?!

We’re disappointed and frustrated to announce that Ehsan Abdollahi, who was due to visit the UK this summer, has had his visa application declined. He was booked for several children’s events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and in London, all of which now have to be cancelled. We are especially saddened that children will consequently miss the chance to participate in a number of art workshops run by this unique artist. Tiny Owl had…

The Little Black Fish

Mark your calendar: 14 – 15 August, Edinburgh International Book Festival!

Edinburgh International Book Festival: something for everyone!   As the world’s largest celebration of writing, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is guaranteed to have something for book lovers of all ages. Running from 12 – 28 August, it promises to be a packed programme featuring over 800 writers and thinkers – including events by Tiny Owl! This will be the third year that Tiny Owl goes to Edinburgh: in 2015 we were there with an…