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Estonian Children’s Literature at the London Book Fair

The 2018 London Book Fair will be held from April 10–12, and for the first time ever, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will be market focus countries. Estonian children’s literature will be represented at the LBF with a larger space than usual at stand 5F129. Several children’s-literature-themed seminars will be held during the fair.

Pushing the Limits of Graphic Stories: Spotlight on the Pop Up Creators Project
Bhavit Mehta (UK), Sanita Muižniece (LV), Simon Jurčiukonytė (LT), Anne Pikkov (EE), William Grill (UK), Lina Dūdaitė (LT), Oskars Pavlovskis (LV), Ulla Saar (EE)
April 10 at 10 am, Children’s Hub

Picture Books Like No Other. The Unique Vision of Piret Raud
Piret Raud (EE), Roger Thorp (UK)
April 10 at 5:30 pm, Cross-Cultural Hub

Finding New Voices: Children’s Literature from the Baltics
Pam Dix (UK), Luize Pastore (LV), Aušra Kaziliūnaitė (LT), Roger Thorp (UK), Penny Thomas (UK), Emma Wright (UK), Ulla Saar (EE)
April 11 at 10 am, Children’s Hub

Promoting Reading – Experience and Ideas from the Baltic
Rūta Elijošaitytė-Kaikarė (LT), Silvija Tretjakova (LV), Triin Soone (EE), Daniel Khan (UK)
April 11 at 11:30 am, Children’s Hub

Estonian illustration can be seen in both London and Oxford during the LBF. The exhibition “Running With Wolves” shows Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian illustrations in the LBF exhibition area. The large international exhibition “It’s Always Tea-Time”, curated by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and the Estonian Publishers’ Association, will be on display at the Oxford Story Museum until July 7, and the “POP UP Creators” exhibition will be displayed at the Royal Over-Seas League Gallery until May 20.

Additionally, for the first time ever, three Estonian nominees are on the shortlist for the LBF’s International Excellence Awards: Helena Koch from the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre for the Rights Professional Award, publishing house Päike ja Pilv for the Market Focus Baltics Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award, and publishing house Avita for the Market Focus Baltics Education Publisher Award. The winners will be announced at 6 PM on April 10 at the fair.

The London Book Fair is one of the largest book fairs in Europe and is held at the historic Olympia Hall in Kensington. Close to 25,000 visitors will be in attendance to peruse 1,300 exhibits. The Estonian representation is organised by the Estonian Publishers’ Association, the Estonian Literature Centre, and the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre with assistance from Estonia 100, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, and the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in London.

See also: estlit.ee