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Mark your calendar: Ehsan Abdollahi at the House of Illustration!

Tiny Owl are delighted to invite you to hear a panel discussion with Ehsan Abdollahi at the House of Illustration! The illustrator of 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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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