Tales for Tall and Small
© Vera Kovacevic
With grateful thanks to the Center for Slovenian Literature
Chantal Wright

There is no denying the pleasure that the British author J.K. Rowling and the German author Cornelia Funke have brought to children throughout Europe, and indeed across the world, over the past few years.

In this age of global publishing, however, children's literature from the less widely diffused languages and cultures of Europe often still struggles to attain an international audience, although not for lack of talent.

In this issue, Transcript is pleased to showcase brilliant children's writing and illustration from Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Catalonia. In the article 'More countries, better books', we hear a plea for more international cooperation between small publishers from Mladen Jandrlic, head of the Zürich literary agency books & rights. And in 'The Farrera Job', we spotlight a unique international children's book project, 'Anna and Niko', organised by Literature Across Frontiers in partnership with cultural institutes from across Europe. The wonderful Slovenian illustrator Lila Prap grants us an interview, and we review a French-language picture book from Quebec which we feel is worthy of a wider international audience.

Transcript welcomes Stéphanie Lux and Andreas Jandl on board the editorial team. They are talented literary translators in their own right, and our French and German editions are now in their excellent hands. Enjoy the read!



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