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Six years ago I was invited by the Internationaler Jugendbibliothek in Munich for the White Ravens Festival. One week I visited schools en libraries. It became a memorable time. Not only because of the inspirationale encounters with young readers, but also because I met many international acclaimed authors like Jenny Valentine and Anne-Laure Bondoux. To top it all I also met Anna Becchi for the first time, who became my sublime Italian translator and ‘literairy bulldozer’. With her I travelled allready twice through Italy for meetings with readers.
The IJB celebrates its 70th (!) birthday on the 20th of september on its residence, the magnificent Schloss Blutenburg. They invited me to do a musical performance for young children. I am looking very much forward to it.
From the 2th of Mai until the 7th I will be guest on the Bay Area Book Festival in the U.S together with Dutch illustrator Mylo Freeman. We will perform on the stages together with our American collegues. Also we will visit some schools. I am extra happy because the American publication of ‘Fings War’ ( de Hemel van Heivisj), the sequel to Nine Open Arms (Honour Batchelder Award) will be published in the beginning of May! And again the book is beautifully translated bij John Nieuwenhuizen.