During the Award Week we made a quick stop at the International Youth Library, a magical book castle in Münich. The IJB is the largest children’s library in the world, founded by the visionary woman Jella Leppman, who also founded IBBY. One of the library’s supporters was Astrid Lindgren, who was an honorary member and visited the library twice.
Archive for May, 2010
Going back to the roots of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award requires some travel: to Småland, in the South of Sweden, and Astrid Lindgren’s birthplace. The small red cottage, the flowering lilacs, cherry- and apple trees, and the quaint old kitchen remain more or less unchanged since the childhood days of Astrid Lindgren. For those who have read her books carefully – it means lots of clues to later stories can be found in this rural, quiet atmosphere.
Kitty Crowther visisted of course: and also gave a lecture at Astrid Lindgren’s old school. The auditorium was empty of children: today, their places had been taken by experts on children’s literature who’d convened from all over for the traditional Astrid Lindgren conference. This year’s theme ? Blood and murder… Kitty Crowther wowed the audience by illustrations in which the deed was done in ever more creative ways. Anyone feel like using their former wife for a kitchen table?
Kitty Crowther was nominated to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award by the German organisation IO, Illustratoren Organisation. IO is represented by Judith Drews, who we caught up with in Münich:
Kitty Crowther continues to charm her way across Sweden. Last nights Award Lecture was a success, with 250 people in the audience and lots of laughter, both during the lecture and the pre-lecture get together.
…of Kitty Crowther’s Stockholm Award Lecture. The Award Lecture is an important part of the traditional Award Week: it gives the winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award a chance to give the world their own perspective on their work. Kitty Crowther will be giving a 30 minute lecture, which will be followed by a discussion between her and jury member and illustration’s expert Ulla Rhedin. Johanna Lindbäck – author, teacher, and literature blogger – will be moderating.
The talk will be in English, of course, at the Stockholm House of Culture at 18.00 CET. The bar will open at 17.30.
…in Stockholm for the 2010 Award Week was intense. Interviews with the major papers and television channels, meetings with Astrid Lindgren’s family, and a signing at local boutique bookstore Bokslukaren made for a hectic schedule. Kitty Crowther was a true professional all through and kept a smile her face: as well as on the faces of all she met.
Tomorrow night Stockholmers may attend the Award Lecture at the House of Culture, where Kitty Crowther will present her work in discussion with jury member and illustration expert Ulla Rhedin, and book-blogger/teacher/author Johanna Lindbäck. Welcome all – for details visit www.alma.se.
Sunday marks the arrival of Kitty Crowther in Stockholm. The Award Office is praying the beautiful sunny weather holds so Ms Crowther will be allowed to experience Sweden at it’s most beautiful.
The Award Week Schedule has been finalised. For complete infomation on lectures, workshops, etc, visit our web. Of course, we will update daily during the Award Week, sharing the highlights from events.
As always, media wanting to cover the events are welcome to contact agnes.lidbeck (at) alma.se.
Less than a week to go until Kitty Crowther arrives in Stockholm for the Award Week. When certain parts of the Award Office walked to work this morning at 6.00 am, it was pleased to note that the town has been pasted with Kitty Crowther billboards. Unfortunatley, the blinding early morning sun made the pictures taken with the Award Office mobile camera pretty useless – but will post one anyway to give you an idea… Or click here to see what it actually looks like: kulturtavla_ALMA_2010
For those who’d like to print their own version of our poster – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a printable PDF.
For those of you who have the good fortune to understand French – encore une interview avec Kitty Crowther. This interview, however, can give something even for those of us who are less than fluent: Kitty Crowther chooses music that is important to her also…
For all of those lucky enough to be in Sweden between May 23 and June 1: be sure to catch some of the events of Kityt Crowther’s award week. Seminars, workshops and meetings are scheduled for an intensive week that will aim to give audiences a closer look at Kitty Crowther’s work and world of images.
Some of the highlights are:
Award lecture on May 25: Kitty Crowther meets Ulla Rhedin (illustrations expert) and Johanna Lindbäck (one of Sweden’s foremost literature bloggers) to talk about her work. The meeting takes place at the house of culture in stockholm, entrance is free, and the bar opens 30 minutes before the start of the program!
Litteralund presentation on May 27; Litteralund is Sweden’s number one festival for children’s literature. Though their full-lenght programme is in October, they welcome Kitty Crowther. Topic: how far can you go in children’s books? How to handle death, despair and destruction on titles for the very young? Kitty Crowther gives her view and exemplifies with her own work.
For full programme – visit www.alma.se. More updates to follow in days to come!