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21 Nov 2014

Markéta Kolíbalová at The Children's Bookshow

Markéta Kolíbalová will be part of a full day conference dedicated to literature in translation in the UK. She will be talking with Andrew Fusek-Peters about their collaboration on the best-selling anthology Sheep Don't Go To School; explaining how it's possible for a Czech illustrator to illustrate the work of celebrated contemporary British poets like Roger McGough and Carol Ann Duffy; and how she thinks Czech illustrators and writers might achieve more visibility in the UK children's book world.

Part of European Literature Day at The Children's Bookshow
21 Nov 2014, 3.30 pm (Markéta Kolíbalová - 5pm-6pm)
Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU
Free, but booking essential
To book tickets call Suzanne Westbrook on 07932 220847 or email suzanne.bookshow@gmail.com


Born in Prague in 1953 she is self taught. Her work is mainly devoted to illustrations for children’s books, although she occasionally creates cartoons and stamp designs.
After high school during the communist period she was unable to study because her father was a politically unacceptable artist. However she found a sympathetic publisher in the field of children’s literature.  Albatros Publishing in Prague published Lewis Carroll´s “Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland” with her illustrations, which she had originally created just for herself. This book won the Premio Grafico, the main prize at the Bologna Children´s Book Fair in 1984.
The characteristic element of her work is black and white linear drawing mostly made by ball point pen. She tries to create visual tension between simple, evocative lines, fine details and crosshatch. When using colours she works the same way using crayons, markers or ball-points.
She likes to illustrate texts which have imagination, a sense of the absurd and humour. Her favorite authors are Hans Christian Andersen, CharlesPerrault,  Aeasop, Emanuel Frynta and Roald Dahl. After the fall of totalitarianism in 1989 she won a scholarship from the British Council to the Camberwell College of Art. She has illustrated texts by Roger McGough, Peter Fusek, Paul Muldoon and Carol Ann Duffy for publishers including Viking Kestrel, Bloodaxe Books and Faber&Faber.
She lives in Prague.

ANDREW FUSEK PETERS has written and edited over 100 books, and has been translated into 17 languages. His poetry has been recorded for the Poetry Archive. His anthology, Sheep Don’t Go To School, features East European children's verse in translation. His nature writing memoir, Dip, is published by Rider Books. He is co-author with his wife Polly of  The Man Who Turned Into A Sofa, a play on the theme of depression, recently aired on the Radio 4 afternoon play slot. Polly & Andrew's new children's picture book on the theme of family depression, The Colour Thief, illustrated by the excellent Karin Littlewood, is now out with Wayland in association with SANE.

Nicola has worked at the Arts Council since 2010, looking after a range of organisations but particularly those working internationally, with poetry and with literature in translation. From 2000-2006, she was Deputy Literary Editor of the Independent on Sunday newspaper and freelanced as an arts journalist and editor for a further four years. Before that, she worked at the Poetry Society, Oxford University Press and had a previous spell at the Arts Council from 1997-2000.


Markéta Prachatická Kolíbalová: Kočičí král

Markéta Prachatická Kolíbalová: Kočičí král

Markéta Prachatická Kolíbalová: Kočičí král

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Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU


21 Nov 2014


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