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Migrations Open Hearts, Open Borders

Written by Shaun Tan, International Centre for the Picture Book in Society

Migrations Open Hearts, Open Borders Synopsis

As the world refugee crisis intensified, back in 2017 two teachers of Illustration at Worcester University had the idea of contacting illustrator friends around the world, asking them to draw and send an original postcard on the theme of Migration, to form an installation at the Biennale of Illustration at Bratislava, Slovakia. The response astonished them, with hundreds of cards and personal messages, forming a visually stunning show. The installation has since been mounted in South Korea and will be displayed at further places around the world, including Amnesty International's London offices in the summer of 2019. Over fifty of the postcards, mailed from 32 countries, are reproduced in actual size in this very special book, to be published on 9 May 2019. All the works have been donated and the book's royalties will be shared between Amnesty International and IBBY (International Board on Books for Youth). Leading children's book illustrators from the UK, including Christopher Corr, Neal Layton, Jackie Morris, Jane Ray and Chris Riddell, have contributed cards, along with illustrators from Argentina to Russia, South Africa to Iran. Australian illustrator Shaun Tan has written the Introduction. Janetta Otter-Barry, publisher of Otter-Barry Books, says: It's an honour to be chosen as publishers of this book. The fragility of a mailed postcard and of a migrating bird come together so aptly to capture the theme of human migration. It is quite literally formed of images and messages of hope, and I think that people will cherish it for that reason as well as for its brilliant variety and heartfelt approach. Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders is edited by the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society at the University of Worcester, and will be published on 9 May 2019 by Otter-Barry Books. Hardback GBP9.99

Migrations Open Hearts, Open Borders Press Reviews

Really lovely...A very important and timely book. * Angels and Urchins * This extraordinary book comes from the innovative imprint Otter-Barry whose though-provoking titles never fail to surprise and delight...There is so much here to see, absorb and scrutinise as well as the profoundly important message: the images, words, stamps, handwriting. It has huge potential for children to generate their own images and words. There should be a copy of this book in every classroom in the country. * Reading Zone 5 star review * Both thought-provoking and utterly beautiful, with the strong message of acceptance and the dissolution of our preconceptions about nationality and borders emanating from every page. This really is something stunning and well worth picking up. * Read it, Daddy! * A poignant book which collates artwork from across the world to express solidarity and support with the migrants who face great danger and struggle to find a better place. * picturebooksblogger * Everyone needs a copy of Migrations; it reaches out to us all, offering another beacon on the uphill climb towards the creation of a better world for everyone, young, old and in-between. * Red Reading Hub * A source of pride, beautiful to hold and a showcase for the work of illustrators. * Books for Keeps * Wonderful, poignant...a truly heartfelt read. This book would be a wonderful resource in a learning setting...and the artwork throughout is stunning. * Mama Filz * ...It feels impossible to read this book without lingering on favourite pictures, words that go straight to your heart and the powerful combinations of words and pictures. There seem to be endless possibilities for the use of this book.The book is called Migrations. Open Hearts. Open Borders and it certainly opened my heart. * Books for Topics * Exceptional and stimulating...The differing styles of illustration are fascinating to study, and the accompanying texts are thoughtful and perceptive. * Parents in Touch * 'It has hope pulling the strands of the journey together, a dream of something better. Each journey and illustration is an individual act, but very much part of a whole. -- Recommended for Refugee Week * Minerva Reads * Fifty of the postcards are replicated in this fascinating book and it's such a positive message about the impact that migration of people can have on the way that cultures and ideas can flow despite the borders and barriers that are put up.It's a clever idea and is a really good way to introduce ideas of migration with children. * Let Them be Small * This is not a book to be pigeonholed; it also needs to migrate - to take that flight of imagination - and find a home not just on every shelf but in every hand and mind. * Books for Keeps 5 star review * A beautiful small format book that could provide lots of discussion points for classes, as well as offering the opportunity to look at different art forms and techniques from around the world. * English 4 - 11 * A lovely pocket-sized book, filled with images and words which encourage the viewer to mull on what it means to leave for a new, maybe safer, future. As relevant now as it was a few years ago at the start of its journey from exhibition to publication. * Association of Illustrators * A book to return to over and over. The foreword from Shaun Tan will make your imagination soar. It's a precious book to keep returning to and a perfect gift to inspire and give hope; a reminder of the universal power of art and storytelling. A book with beautiful wings to help us fly through turbulent skies. -- Sita Brahmachari * Books for Keeps Best Books of 2019 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910959800
Publication date: 9th May 2019
Author: Shaun Tan, International Centre for the Picture Book in Society
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 112 pages

About Shaun Tan, International Centre for the Picture Book in Society

Migrations, an exhibition of the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society, was first shown at BIBIANA, Bratislava, in September 2017. The ICPBS, founded at the University of Worcester, England, by Piet Grobler and Tobias Hickey, emphasises and celebrates the power of illustration to engage with society, particularly by focusing on issues of cultural diversity and the inclusivity of minorities and socially disenfranchised people.

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