Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Illustrator in Residence

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is thrilled to welcome back Iranian artist Ehsan Abdollahi, this time as Illustrator in Residence.

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Illustrator in Residence

About Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Illustrator in Residence

Iranian artist Ehsan Abdollahi hit the headlines after the UK refused him a visa to visit the Book Festival last year, a decision that was eventually overturned after a campaign of protest. We are thrilled to welcome him back, this time as our Illustrator in Residence. Abdollahi’s charming and intricate illustrations give young readers the freedom to invent a meaningful narrative that may, or may not, play out in the story texts. For his series, Abdollahi offers a celebration of visual storytelling, including a discussion with the award-winning African-American poet Eloise Greenfield and a free Big Draw at which you can help him create a giant collage. He also joins an international line-up for The Freedom Finale on the last day of the Festival.

Puppy Poetry with Ehsan Abdollahi & Eloise Greenfield
AGE 5-8
Saturday 25 August 13:00 - 14:00
Award-winning African American poet Eloise Greenfield and 2018 Illustrator in Residence Ehsan Abdollahi have created a unique collection of poems about the friendship between a young boy and his dog, Thinker. But Thinker is no ordinary puppy – he's a poet! Today, Eloise reveals what inspired her to write Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me and Ehsan demonstrates how he created the accompanying collage illustrations.

Ehsan Abdollahi's Big Draw
ALL AGES
Sunday 26 August 14:30 - 16:30
Make a beautiful collage of the perfect pet with 2018 Illustrator in Residence Ehsan Abdollahi, using his stunning illustrations from Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me as your inspiration. Cut, tear, scrunch and stick using lots of different materials. Will your pet be short or tall, fluffy or bald - it's up to you!

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