Playing and Reading/ Reading and Playing
Reading, performance & exhibition
Calling all 5-10 year olds to come and join us for an international afternoon of ‘Playing and Reading’. Fantastic authors from France, Italy, Mexico, Portugal and Russia will be reading their books and there will be an opportunity for you to meet them and ask them questions. There will be readings in English as well as Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. A group of Syrian children will also share their favourite stories with us.
The readings will be interspersed with performances and projections. The Belarusian theatre group will perform a bilingual Russian/English puppet show; the speaking portrait or o Retrato Falado will be brought alive by the Stage One group; and Italian writer, Roberto Piumini will read and perform. Other confirmed writers are Anna Nikolskaya (from Russia), Ana Saldanha (from Portugal) and Laura Pacheco (from Mexico). The Great Hall will also host an exhibition of Joao Fazenda’s illustrations. This afternoon will be a celebration of the amazing richness of children’s world literature and of the simple pleasures of reading and playing.
This event is organized by the Modern Language Centre with generous support from numerous partners: the Camões Centre the French Institute, the Russian Translation Institute, the Portuguese Embassy, UNAM and the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies department, and the Faculty of Humanities.
Roberto Piumini is one of Italy’s most renowned and popular children’s book authors. In addition to publishing countless novels for children, young people and adults, he has written plays, poems, fables, fairy tales and ballads, as well as scripts, texts for television and radio, songs, and opera libretti.
Laura Emilia Pacheco is a Mexican writer, editor, and translator. Her books include A Mares Llueve Sobre el Mar (2014) and Morelos, el Rayo de los Libres (2015). She has launched and edited two series of books for children and created the largest network of reading workshops in Mexico.
Ana Saldanha is a Portuguese author of books for children and young adults. Her book Uma questão de cor (A matter of colour) was shortlisted for the Unesco Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance.
Anna Nikolskaya is a Russian author of more than 30 paperbacks, picture-books, comic books and e-books for children and young adults. Her first children’s book in English, Bakery’s Stories: on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, is out in autumn 2016.
Joao Fazenda’s work is split across illustration for newspapers and magazines, children’s books, plays, movie posters and record covers. He received multiple awards from the SND - Society for News Design - and works between Lisbon and London.
Oleg Sidorchik joined Belarus Free Theatre in 2005. During his career he has played a number of lead roles in productions such as Zone of Silence, Cowards, A Flower to Pina Bausch, Eurepica.Challenge, New York 79, To be Harold Pinter. He played the lead in King Lear, which was performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s ‘Globe to Globe’ Festival.
Victoria Milham is an actress, children's party entertainer/puppeteer and drama teacher. She studied at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts. Between 1988 and 1998, she worked at the Belarusian Young Spectators Theatre. She has taken part in many theatrical projects and festivals around the UK and Eastern Europe.