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Breaking New Ground UK Tour: Edinburgh @ The Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Join us at this special event in Edinburgh as we celebrate children’s writers and illustrators of colour.

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Featuring children’s authors Faridah Àbíké-lyímídé and Sarwat Chudda, author-illustrator Nadia Shireen and more.

Come along to hear more about their work and why children from all backgrounds need to see each other in the books they read.

Our featured writers and illustrators are included in Breaking New Ground, a new catalogue which champions and celebrates 100+ British children’s writers and illustrators of colour.

Whatever your interest in books and authors for children, you can explore and access the diversity of literary talent active in Britain today in this beautifully designed resource. Copies will be available on the night.

This is a free, but ticketed invitation-only event. Spaces are limited and we expect tickets to go quickly so please book now to avoid disappointment.

This event is part of a national touring showcase with national partners Speaking Volumes, Pop Up Projects and BookTrust. Funded by Arts Council England.

The Scotland event is brought to you by Literature Alliance Scotland in collaboration with Scottish Book Trust. Supported by National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland.

Faridah Àbíké-lyímídé

Faridah Àbíké Íyímídé is a writer from south London, currently living and studying in north-east Scotland. Her debut novel, Ace of Spades, will be published in 2020. Faridah says that growing up in a poor working-class environment with a childhood riddled with a lot of trauma, she learned to escape through books. She wrote her debut for those who don’t fit preconceived notions some people have of black individuals. Faridah says: “I am a Muslim, I’m queer and I have disabilities and so I wrote a story about black people like me, struggling to survive in a very white world, with my books focusing on systemic racism and how even micro-aggressions eat away at the psyche of black people. I write for black kids who love solving puzzles with hidden meanings. I write for black adults who are still in need of books about people whose struggles they can relate to.”

@Abike_I

Fiction: Ace of Spades. London: Usborne Children’s Books, 2020 (YA)

Sarwat Chadda

Sarwat Chadda has been published for a decade now and in over a dozen languages. He’s written urban fantasy for young adults, big mythologies, trilogies and, most recently, the epic Shadow Magic fantasy series under the pseudonym Joshua Khan. Sarwat’s tastes are Eastern-orientated. London-born and coming from a South Asian Muslim background, he is keen to explore the stories and mythologies of his heritage. The Ash Mistry series was inspired by his trips to India and his love for its stories, and he has adapted the Mahabharatain graphic novel form. Sarwat is based in south London.

@sarwatchadda

Selected Fiction:

The Ash Mistry series (3 books). London: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2012-13 (9+)

Burning Magic. Written as Joshua Khan. New York: Disney-Hyperion, 2018 (8+)

Dark Goddess. London: Penguin, 2019 (11+)

Devil’s Kiss. London: Puffin, 2009 (11+)

Dream Magic. Written as Joshua Khan. Witney, Oxon: Scholastic, 2017 (10+)

Fall of the Beasts 8: the Dragon’s Eye (Spirit Animals). Witney, Oxon: Scholastic, 2018 (9+)

Mission Atomic: The 39 Clues (Doublecross book 4). Witney, Oxon: Scholastic, 2018 (8+)

Shadow Magic. Written as Joshua Khan. Witney, Oxon: Scholastic, 2016 (10+)

Nadia Shireen

Nadia Shireen enjoyed making homemade magazines and comics as a child. She studied law at university and then worked in magazine journalism; it was during this time that she started to draw again. After a lifetime of doodling in the sidelines, Nadia decided to pay some attention to drawing and in 2007 was accepted onto an MA course in children’s book illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Her debut book, Good Little Wolf,received a mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award and won the UKLA Book Award. Nadia has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. She lives in London.

@NadiaShireen

Author-Illustrator Picture Books:

Billy and the Beast. London: Jonathan Cape, 2018 (3+)

Billy and the Dragon. London: Jonathan Cape, 2019 (3+)

The Bumblebear. London: Jonathan Cape, 2016 (3-5)

The Cow Who Fell to Earth. London: Jonathan Cape, 2017 (2+)

Good Little Wolf.London: Jonathan Cape, 2011 (3-5)

Hey Presto!London: Jonathan Cape, 2012 (3-5)

Yeti and the Bird. London: Jonathan Cape, 2013 (3-5)

This event is part of a national touring showcase with national partners Speaking Volumes, Pop Up Projects and BookTrust. Funded by Arts Council England.

The Scotland event is brought to you by Literature Alliance Scotland in collaboration with Scottish Book Trust. Supported by National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland.

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