Marit Törnqvist will lecture in Tehran


On 11 November 2016, Marit Törnqvist, Dutch dexterous illustrator will lecture in Read with Me Conference, at the conference hall of National Library and Archives of I.R. of Iran for people interested in children books and reading promotion. In this lecture, on the subject of “Big Themes for Small People”, which is presented on the second day of the Read with Me conference she talks about her experience on sharing difficult issues with children through picture books. At the end of this lecture, the artist will sign books and posters illustrated by herself for the audience.

Marit Törnqvist is one of International Artists who support Read with Me project. The Astrid Lindgren’s “Red Bird”, illustrated by Marit Törnqvist, has been translated and published in 2014 in Farsi language in Iran by IRHCL publishing house and it was entered in the books of Read with Me project. The Lindgren’s family and Marit Törnqvist donated the copyright of the book to the Institute to benefit Read with Me in deprived areas of Iran.

“Bigger than a Dream” by Jef Aerts is another book illustrated by Marit Törnqvist which has been published in Iran by IRHCL publishing house and the copyright of the book in Iran has been donated to Read with Me project.

Bigger than a dream  The Red Bird, Read with Me selected Book

The two-day Read with Me Conference will be held by the Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature on Reading Book Week (Nov.1-14th) in Tehran. In this conference, Jabbar Baghtcheban prize, which has been recently established by the IRHCL and the financial support of Omran Azarestan Construction Company, will be awarded to 10 Reading Promoters-Teachers from remote areas of Iran.

Let’s know more about Marit Törnqvist

Marit Törnqvist, Dutch dexterous illustrator and the Hans Christian Andersen nomineeMarit Törnqvist was born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1964. When she was five she moved to the Netherlands with her Dutch mother, Swedish father and her brother and sister.

From 1982 to 1987, she studied illustration at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where her talent and unique style made an immediate impression.

In Sweden, she was asked to illustrate Astrid Lindgren’s work and so she gained a large audience outside the Netherlands and Flanders too. The press has described her work as “impressive and timeless”, “technically astonishing”, “colourful, layered and full of emotion” and as “a personal universe”. There are indeed many highlights in Marit Törnqvist’s oeuvre. Her illustrations reveal a great sensitivity to what goes on in the minds of young children. The door to childhood seems to have remained wide open for Törnqvist.

Törnqvist has said the following about her work: “Sometimes when I’m drawing I feel as if there’s a direct line from my heart to my hand. There’s no intellect involved. The materials I work with are spread out across my drawing board and I choose them almost by intuition.”

Marit’s picture books have been published in Sweden, the Netherlands, USA, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Turkey, Iran, Palestina, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Russia.

You can visit her website to know more about her and her works:


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