"Very important and timely"
"exceptional and stimulating"
"a truly heartfelt read"
"it reaches out to us all"
"thoughtful and perceptive"
Few books gain such a torrent of superlatives as Migrations. But then,
this is indeed a very special book.
Read on to see why.
The story begins in mid-2017 when the team running the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society, in Worcester University's School of Art, decided to ask illustrator friends across the world to draw, write and send their own postcards on the theme of migration. Over 200 responded, and their cards formed an installation at the Biennale of Illustration in Bratislava, Slovakia, in October 2017. It excited huge interest, and the team asked Janetta Otter-Barry if she thought a book could be made from it. She certainly did. Fifty cards were chosen, some from famous names, some others less well-known, and grouped under themes: Departures, Long Journeys, Arrivals, and Hope for the Future. Publication in May 2019 aroused a wave of interest and reactions that are still going on through social media round the world. The Observer ran a major feature on the book (see left) and wonderful reviews and social media comments are still coming in. It's a book both to treasure and to give.
Contributors include: Christopher Corr, Nicola Davies, Marie-Louise Gay, Mohammad Farrangi, Piet Grobler, Stian Hole, Jon Klassen, Isol, Jackie Morris, Roger Mello, P.J. Lynch, Marcelo Pimentel, Jane Ray, Chris Riddell, Axel Scheffler, Catarina Sobral, Mogu Takahashi, Shaun Tan, Yuval Zommer … (30 countries in all)