Further to last week’s link to the Marsh Award shortlist, Howard Curtis has been awarded the prize for his translation of the Italian novel ‘In The Sea There Are Crocodiles’ by Fabio Geda. The judges said “Howard Curtis’s translation perfectly conveys the young boy’s memories, preserving the childlike voice and perspective, whilst capturing his view on his struggles and ordeals, in a story which is ultimately about survival and hope”. Curtis talks about the work of a translator in What do translators do? on the Guardian’s Children’s Books site.
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival programme was announced on Wednesday and for picture book and illustration aficionados the highlight will no doubt be the screening of Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, which will be attended by Tomi Ungerer himself and director Brad Bernstein. Ungerer became famous in the late 1950′s for his avant-garde children’s books, such as The Three Robbers, but fell into scandal in the sixties and subsequently vanished into obscurity. The documentary features interviews with Ungerer, as well as librarians and children’s authors and illustrators such as Maurice Sendak, who cited Ungerer as a major influence on his work. Book tickets here.
Inis Magazine featured a Mo-velous illustrated interview with Mr Willems this week. Don’t mind The Pigeon, you can read the interview.
“One of the stranger recent cultural shifts is that teenage fiction has become a branch of oncology. Cancer is rampant. You’re barely a chapter in before a tumour erupts or a lymphatic system turns nasty”. Mal Peet examines the prevalence of what the Daily Mail calls “sick lit” and, in particular, John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars in Teen fiction and the shadow of cancer.
Lorna Bradbury recommended pony stories for young equestrian enthusiasts in The Telegraph
“Write the kind of thing you’d like to read. If you’re a teenager who loves YA fantasy, then writing a mystery with an adult protagonist might not be the best way to go…Write something you’re passionate about!” 17 year-old Beth Reekles, who secured a three book deal with Random House after being discovered on Wattpad, offers her advice to aspiring teen authors in The Guardian
The first two episodes of Henry Hugglemonster premiered on Disney Junior on Friday. The series is based on Niamh Sharkey’s picture book I’m A Happy Hugglewug, and developed by Brown Bag Films. Head over to the Brown Bag blog for more.