Europe House, London SW1P 3EU

Ulla SaarKaitlin Vainola

Ulla Saar & Kätlin Vainola

Friday 24 November | Time: 10.30am

Running time: Approximately 1 hour
Suitable for children in Years 1, 2 and 3
Tickets: FREE

Estonian writer Kätlin Vainola will be joined by illustrator Ulla Saar who together produced the delightfully quirky picture book Lift in which the hero is…a lift! Poet, songwriter and children’s author Kätlin Vainola amuses us with her vain Mrs Octopus, an electronics-addicted hedgehog, and a cheeky pair of school girls, just a few of the funny characters who ride in Lift.

You’ll never feel the same about going up or down in a lift again! Introduced by Nicolette Jones, children’s editor of The Sunday Times

Book now and you could claim one of our four 2 free workshops with Ulla Saar and Katlin Vainola or Alexis Deacon

Timo Parvela Virpi Talvitie

Timo Parvela & Virpi Talvitie

Friday 24 November | Time: 1.30pm

Running time: Approximately 1 hour
Suitable for children in Years 3, 4 and 5
Tickets: FREE

Bicycling to the Moon Finnish Timo Parvela, author of Bicycling to the Moon and illustrator Virpi Talvitie, one of Finland’s most prestigious illustrators will be talking about their book to Nicolette Jones, children’s editor of the Sunday Times.

Bicycling to the Moon has two characters who live together, a dreamy poet cat and a practical dog, who fight – like cat and dog! But they always make up, and children will love their spats. Made into a TV show in Finland, Bicycling to the Moon is a bit like a marriage guide, how two very different characters manage to live together happily.

Book tickets 

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Book now and you could claim one of our 2 free workshops with illustrator Alexis Deacon

Adult events in the afternoon

Session 1: 3.30pm

Ulla Saar

What makes a book a good candidate for translation and what are the steps needed to launch it into the world?

Nicolette Jones, children’s editor of The Sunday Times in conversation with Estonian illustrator and author Ulla Saar and Katlin Vainola, whose book Lift is also published in German, Lithuanian and Italian, together with publisher Adam Freudenheim of Pushkin Press, which was created to share tales from different languages, Jen Shenton, manager of Waterstones, Trafalgar Square and Emma Langley, Relationship Manager (International) at Arts Council England, discuss what it takes to publish successfully a book in translation.

Session 2: 3.30pm

Alexis Deacon

Classics or contemporary children's literature in translation: how to share in the current popularity and growth of the children’s books sector?

Alexis Deacon, author of Beegu and a passionate Moomins fan, Timo Parvela, Finnish author of Bicycling to the Moon, Sasha Dugdale, poet, translator and former editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, and Eugene Ostashevsky translator of the three stories by Mandelstam, Mayakovsky and Kharms in the picture book The Fire Horse published by New York Review Books, share their experiences and ideas for action.

After the afternoon's sessions there will be a drinks reception at Europe House starting at 5pm

Special event later that day at Waterstone’s Trafalgar Square

Eugene Ostashevsky

Eugene Ostashevsky

Friday 24 November | Time: 7.00pm

Waterstone’s Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5EJ
Tickets: FREE

Eugene Ostashevsky, winner of the 2014 National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association whose poetry will appear in the autumn issue of Modern Poetry in Translation focussing on Russian and Ukrainian work, will talk about his work with Sasha Dugdale, former editor of MPT.