Posts Tagged ‘Ulf Stark’

The boy, the girl and the wall

February 27, 2011

The Swedish writer Ulf Stark (nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) travelled to the West Bank last year. In the Palestinian territories, his book Can you whistle, Johanna? is very popular and he was invited to read from the book and speak about his work.  During his visit he also met with the Tamer Institute for Community Education, the organization which won the 2009 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for its tireless work to promote reading among children and youth on the West Bank and Gaza.

While traveling through the West Bank, Ulf Stark came up with the idea of a new book: Pojken, flickan och muren (The boy, the girl and the wall). Following his trip, the illustrator Anna Höglund (nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) also visited the West Bank to collect inspiration and to make sketches for illustrations to Ulf Stark’s text.

And now, less than a year later, the result of the trips is here:  A beautiful and poetic tale about two children’s resourcefulness living in the shadow of a wall.

Pojken, flickan och muren is published in Swedish by Berghs Förlag and in Arabic by Dar Al Muna simultaneously – an unique publishing project for an unique book .

For our Serbian readers …

October 31, 2010

… we present this clip from Serbian television. Recorded at the Belgrade Book Fair, it shows children’s book authors and illustrators talking about what makes a good children’s book. Participating are the nominated candidates Ulf Stark (Sweden) and Ljubivoje Ršumović (Serbia), as well as Åsa Lind (Sweden) and this year’s winner Kitty Crowther (Belgium)

Voices from Sweden

October 26, 2010

Swedish children’s book author Åsa Lind didn’t seem nervous at all as she inaugurated the Belgrade Book Fair yesterday evening. Her speech, focusing on children’s right to meet literature, was broadcasted live to over two million viewers and marked the start of a week-long book feast with Swedish literature in Belgrade.

Over 20 authors and illustrators from Sweden are present to talk about their work and meet their readers, among them Steve Sem-Sandberg, Pernilla Stalfelt and Maria Sveland.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will also be part of the program. This year’s winner Kitty Crowther, or Kiti Krauter as she is called in Serbia, will meet children in a workshop, students of the Faculty of applied art of the University of Belgrade as well as make presentations at the book fair. For a full program visit the website Voices from Sweden.

Below are some images from last nights inauguration.

Kiti Krauter together with Ljubivoje Rsumovic, Serbian author nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Swedish author Ulf Stark, nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, together with author Helena Henschen holding her book translated into Serbian.

Children’s Literature at the World Expo in Shanghai

August 17, 2010

Children’s Literature seminar a hit! reported China Daily after Chinese and Swedish children’s literature experts met in the Swedish pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai.

The seminar dubbed In the footsteps of Astrid Lindgren: Contemporary Chinese and Swedish Children’s Literature featured many speakers – researchers, teachers, authors and publishers. Among the speakers was Ms. Bu Wei, Professor of communication, who spoke about how Pippi Longstocking subverts Chinese tradition and Mr. Wang, Professor of literature, who gave examples of how the works of Astrid Lindgren has influenced literature written for children in China today.

Another highlight for the audience was when they had the opportunity to meet the authors Ms. Qin Wenjun from China and Mr. Ulf Stark from Sweden, who presented their respective work and spoke of their inspiration. What they have in common, apart from being excellent writers? They have both been nominated to the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award of course!

Astrid Lindgren was first published in the end of the 80-ies in China. In the past years, China Children Publishing Group have published just about the complete works by the author from south Sweden. And successfully so. More than 1,5 million books have been sold so far.

As a break away from the presentations, the audience had the opportunity to visit the exhibition in Swedish pavilion as well as Villa Villekulla, which you can spot on the picture above. In the afternoon, the audience was shown excerpts of the Pippi Longstocking musical currently playing in China.

The event was organized by the Award office together with the Swedish Expo Committee, CBBY and China Children Publishing Group.

And yes, the Award office agrees – it was a hit!

Spirit of innovation!

July 29, 2010

Better City, Better Life is the theme of the World Expo 2010, currently on show in Shanghai. With over 225 countries participating and 70 million visitors expected, it has already been dubbed the largest world exposition ever.

The theme for Sweden’s participation in Expo 2010 is “Spirit of Innovation”. And who can be more representative of the Swedish innovation spirit than Pippi Longstocking?

Since 1945, Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s character Pippi Longstocking has inspired children all over the world, and encouraged them to be strong, have fun and to believe in themselves. In China, the world’s strongest girl is not yet a national celebrity, but over 50 000 Pippi Longstocking books have been sold and the Swedish director Staffan Götestam has staged a Pippi play on various theatres in Shanghai and Beijing, acclaimed by the critics.

On the 4th of August, Children’s Literature will be will be even more present  in the Swedish Pavilion, as the seminar In the footsteps of Astrid Lindgren: Contemporary Children’s Literature in China and Sweden will take place.

The speakers are, among others, the ALMA-nominated candidates QIN Wenjun from China and Ulf Stark from Sweden.  Professor BU Wei will speak about how Pippi Longstocking subverts tradition and senior lecturer Janina Orlov will talk about current trends in Swedish Children’s Literature. The aim of the program is to exchange experiences and learn from each other’s traditions of children’s literature.

The program is organised by the Swedish Expo Committee, The Swedish Arts Council, The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, China Children Publishing group and the Chinese section of IBBY.

The award office promises to report from the event in Shanghai!