My 10 days in Beijing and Suzhou (and a day in Shanghai) blew me away.
Here's the first part mostly in pictures of my story I was lucky enough to live - of the kids, the places and people, the workshops, talks and fellow authors.
|Over Mongolia - on the way to China...|
|to our amazing hotel designed by a cool Japanese architect, |
the Opposite House in Beijing.
The hotel is one of the
Bookworm Festival sponsors and...
|after a long flight from London the food and calm is like therapy before|
Anette Oster, author publisher from Denmark, Olivia (Liu) Chang of SCBWI China and Niu Shou, children's publisher at Beijing Menxi Jindian.
about illustrating characters, focusing on eyes and expressions...
|...the youngest child there manages a whole story |
in less than 20 minutes - beats me!
|The following day up early for a long taxi ride through polluted Beijing, |
past the China TV centre which Beijingers nickname The Pants ...
|to what looks pretty forbidding until|
|I go down the path and hear birds calling in the spring sunshine|
|and hey, I am pinned up in the school entrance hall!|
|There's a lovely library and school to explore|
|and brilliant bilingual kid's self- portraits|
|and pictures with illustrated text in Chinese|
|and work by kindergartners (year of the sheep here!)|
|right up to posters by 11 year olds. I love this one about recycling.|
|A big cheer for all the kids and teachers - and the lovely technician - for welcoming me to|
the happy bilingual Daystar Academy
where 90% of the children
are Chinese and all are clearly talented writers and illustrators in English and Chinese!
|And my gratitude too to Tahirih Senne-Linton for organising the day with the Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival |
and showing me around the school and its great Columbia reading and writing programme
|Finally special applause to a 10 year old artist.|
She handed me a folded paper after my session and told me to open it up after she left.
In it was this brilliant portrait of me she did during my session!