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Illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi thanks his supporters with beautiful artwork!

Buy Ehsan’s books! This year, Iranian illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi faced stress and hassle when trying to get his visa to attend Edinburgh International Book Festival. The problems were eventually resolved, and throughout the process, Ehsan received an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement for the public. This beautiful artwork and poem is his own unique way of saying thank you to all who stood with him. Watch the video below! Freedom Gift your love to…

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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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Home Secretary! Use your crayons to paint a fairer world

Primary school teacher Ed Finch sent a copy of When I Coloured in the World to Home Secretary along with letter Buy When I Coloured in The World Over the last week, we have received a lot of support for illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi’s cause: for the second year in a row, he has faced difficulties in obtaining a visa so that he can attend Edinburgh International Book Festival as planned, despite being the named illustrator in…

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Stop treating authors and illustrators like suspects!

This is the fourth year in a row that Tiny Owl’s illustrators face visa issues! We are thrilled to announce that the visa issues that were faced by two of our Iranian illustrators, Ehsan Abdollahi and Marjan Vafaeian, have been resolved. Both illustrators have multiple events planned for Edinburgh International Book Festival, with Ehsan being the named illustrator in residence, but had to undergo a long and extremely frustrating process in order to obtain their…

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Public outcry and support for illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi

This beautiful illustration is Iranian illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi’s response to the frustrating delay in the process of obtaining his visa, so that he can attend this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Ehsan has been named illustrator in residence for the event, and despite providing all of the required documentation and information, has yet to have his application for a visitor’s visa approved. His illustration here is a self-portrait, similar to his illustration for The Freedom…

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