Foyles Bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DT

Megumi Iwasa Jun Takabatake

Megumi Iwasa, illustrator Jun Takabatake
and translator Cathy Hirano

Monday 25th September | Time: 6.30pm

Tickets: FREE from Eventbrite

A Letter from a Giraffe ...

BooksContemporary Children's Literature with Megumi Iwasa, Jun Takabatake & Cathy Hirano 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.

Megumi Iwasa is a children's book author and graphic designer. After studying Graphic Design at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Iwasa continued to work there until 1986. Megumi Iwasa is the author of the international bestseller Yours Sincerely, Giraffe and a number of other children's books published in Japan.

Jun Takabatake is one of Japan's best-loved children's illustrators and his work has been exhibited around the world earning him numerous awards including the Graphics Prize (Bologna Children's Book Fair). He is currently a professor at Tokai Women's University and works as a picture book author and illustrator.

Cathy Hirano is an award-winning translator of Japanese fiction for young adults who has been working as a freelance translator in Japan since 1987. Hirano has been awarded the Boston Globe-Horn Book award for fiction (1997) and the Batchelder Award for literature in translation (1997 and 2009) for her work.

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