Georgian illustrators and children’s writers, along with a stand organised by the UNESCO programme Tbilisi - World Book Capital, will be hosted at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair - an international event dedicated to children's publishing and multimedia industry - between March 21-24 in Italy.
The Georgian programme at the event will include two Georgian children’s writers Mariam Tsiklauri and Vasil Guleuri from the Tbilisi-based Writers' House of Georgia, discussing their works and the importance of children’s literature, with the presentation of an Italian translation of Mariam Tsiklauri's Unusual Sunday, the World Book Capital project announced on Friday.
At the Illustrators Survival Corner, which hosts illustration professionals annually, three Georgian artists - Ana Janelidze, Varlam Jmukhadze and Giorgi Chincharadze - will be found for the presentation of their works. They will also meet with publishers, literary agents and other industry professionals to introduce their portfolios for future collaborations.
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Over four days, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair will also host an exhibition of the Tbilisi Illustration Festival, where prints of around 40 works by 10 illustrators working in Georgia will be exhibited. Changes and innovations in the development of modern Georgian children's literature will also be discussed.
The challenges small publishing houses are facing in Georgia will also be talking points during the fair, at the panel led by Niki Tarkhan-Mouravi, the founder of the publishing house Striped Cat.
Ninia Macharashvili, the Director of the project of Tbilisi’s World Book Capital status, and Nino Kiknadze, the Deputy Director of the programme, will lead a panel on March 23 about various activities and projects implemented in the framework of the programme, along with a discussion on challenges and results accomplished over the last year in the framework of the project.
Held annually since 1963, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair attracts over 1,400 exhibitors and about 30,000 visitors across the world from around 80 countries.