A Letter from a Giraffe… at Foyles Charing Cross Road, London

When: 6:30pm Monday 25th September 2017

A Letter from a Giraffe…

giraffe_event_webThis event is free to attend but booking is essential.
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For many children, one’s first cultural experience is a book. From colourful illustrations of animals to magical depictions of fantasy worlds, children’s books are invaluable, opening doors for curious young minds Some children’s books have survived for decades, with the wonder and joy of the stories being passed on from generation to generation.

In partnership with the Children’s Bookshow, a national tour of writers and illustrators which fosters a lifelong love of literature in children, the Japan Foundation has invited children’s book author Megumi Iwasa and illustrator Jun Takabatake, both of whom contributed to the newly translated best-selling children’s book Yours Sincerely, Giraffe, a story which has sold over 40,000 copies worldwide with rights sold in seven different languages.

In this special event, Iwasa and Takabatake will introduce their careers in children’s literature in Japan, showcasing their processes of creating stories and illustrations. Together with Cathy Hirano, translator of Yours sincerely, Giraffe and chair Mathew Tobin, Senior Lecturer in English and Children’s Literature at Oxford Brookes University, they will discuss whether children’s books can be read beyond the era, place or culture from which they originate. They will also consider the crucial elements in creating long-lasting and enchanting books for younger readers.

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