Migrations

Open Hearts, Open Borders

 
Foreword by Shaun Tan
Illustrated by Various

A unique collection of images created by illustrators from 28 countries on the theme of human migration.

From all over the world, picture book illustrators sent original images and personal messages, in postcard form, for Migrations, an exhibition at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava, in 2017, curated by the University of Worcester's International Centre for the Picture Book in Society. Over fifty of the cards are reproduced in this very special book.

The book is divided into themes of Departures, Long Journeys, Arrivals and Hope for the Future.

The facsimile postcard text includes personal messages of hope from the illustrators, as well as quotes from writers including Emily Dickinson, WB Yeats, John Clare, and Anita Desai. Robert Macfarlane has written a poem specially for the postcard drawn by Jackie Morris.

Illustrators include Christopher Corr, Marie-Louise Gay, Piet Grobler, Petr Horacek, Isol, Jon Klassen, Neal Layton, PJ Lynch, Roger Mello, Jackie Morris, Jane Ray, Chris Riddell, Axel Scheffler and Shaun Tan. In total, illustrators from 28 countries have contributed.

Migrations carries a powerful message about human migration, showing how cultures, ideas and aspirations flow despite borders, barriers and bans.

HB

135x195mm

112pp

Age 6+

Published

ISBN

9781910959800

Endorsed by Amnesty International

£9.99

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REVIEWS

 

"This is not a book to be pigeonholed; it also needs to migrate – to take that flight of imagination – and find a home not just on every shelf but in every hand and mind."

Books for Keeps 5 star review

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"Fifty of the postcards are replicated in this fascinating book and it’s such a positive message about the impact that migration of people can have on the way that cultures and ideas can flow despite the borders and barriers that are put up.It’s a clever idea and is a really good way to introduce ideas of migration with children."

Let Them be Small

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"A lovely pocket-sized book, filled with images and words which encourage the viewer to mull on what it means to leave for a new, maybe safer, future. As relevant now as it was a few years ago at the start of its journey from exhibition to publication."

Association of Illustrators

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CONTRIBUTORS

Christopher Corr

Author and Illustrator

Christopher Corr is an author and illustrator whose many books have won him international acclaim. He studied at the Royal College of Art and now lives and works in London as an artist and tutor at Goldsmith’s University. His most recent books include Deep in the Woods and All the Year Round.

Piet Grobler

Illustrator

Piet Grobler is a South African illustrator and teacher of illustrators, Visiting Professor of Illustration at Worcester University. He is also the co-founder of the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society and has acted as jury member in the BIB competition (Slovakia), the NAMI concours (South Korea) and the Chen Bochui Children's Book Award (China). He has illustrated 86 books, of which 7 were written by himself. His awards include The South African Katrine Harries Award (three times); a Golden Apple at the Biennale for Illustration in Bratislava, Slovakia; two silver medals in the NOMA concours, Japan; the Children's Africana Book Award (USA) and the Octagone de Chêne, France.

Petr Horáček

Author and Illustrator

Petr Horáček was born in Prague and studied at the Academy of Fine Art. After graduating in 1994, he moved to live in England. His first two picture books were published in 2001, winning the 'Books for Children' Newcomer award. Since then he has won a string of other international prizes and distinctions, including shortlisting for the Independent Booksellers Week book award in 2016 for The Mouse Who Reached the Sky; the Best Everyday Book for One-year Olds in the Myra Robertson Baby Book of the Year awards for Choo Choo; 'Parents' Best Book of the Year 2013 for Animal Opposites; shortlisting for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for Puffin Peter; and Picture Book of the Year 2006 for the Dutch edition of A New House for Mouse. Petr tutors aspiring illustrators as well as holding workshops for children at literary festivals, bookshops and schools. He lives in Worcestershire, UK.

Neal Layton

Author and Illustrator

Neal Layton is an author and illustrator whose images are prized for their spontaneity and inventiveness. His picture books include The Tree, The Story of Stars, and Oscar and Arabella. Born in Chichester, he was going to be a scientist but instead studied Graphic Design, gaining a BA at Newcastle and an MA in Illustration at Central St Martins. He lives with his family in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Jackie Morris

Author and Illustrator

Jackie Morris is internationally admired for her imaginative and atmospheric picture books, illustrated with watercolours and often with a fantasy dimension. Her previous books include The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear and Tell Me a Dragon. Her books The Seal Children, New Born Child and One Cheetah, One Cherry were published by Otter-Barry Books in 2016. In 2019 she was awarded the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for her work on The Lost Words. Jackie Morris lives in St. David's, Pembrokeshire.

Chris Riddell

Illustrator

Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate 2015-17, is internationally renowned both as artist and author. His awards include the Kate Greenaway Medal (2002, 2004), the Costa Children's Book Award (2013), and the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration (2015). He is currently president of the School Library Association. His bestselling books include the Goth Girl series, the Coraline series, The Sleeper and the Spindle with Neil Gaiman and A Great Big Cuddle with Michael Rosen. He lives in Brighton, UK.

 

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