Deep diving in the pictorial worlds of Shaun Tan

Ulla Rhedin, member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury and picture books specialist, and Mats Kempe, librarian writer and member of the IBBY Sweden Board, held a presentation of the fascinating pictorial worlds of Shaun Tan during the first day of the Göteborg Book Fair.

–  Shaun Tan’s way of working can be described as an inner court yard as in the story No other country in the collection of short stories Tales from outer Suburbia. Everyone has an inner room where the life-affirming imagination can run wild. He has a way of making the realistic and the non-realistic worlds interact, says librarian writer Mats Kempe.

The presentation was initiated by IBBY (International Board on Book for Young people). Furthermore, IBBY’s Peter Pan-prize was presented to Shaun Tan. As the winner himself weren´t able to participate, Ulla Forsén, Chairman of the IBBY Sweden Board handed over flowers and plaquette to Shaun’s Swedish publisher Kerstin Aronson from Kabusa Agency.

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