Sunday, 12 June 2011

ICBA presentation

Recently I gave a talk in London at the Japan Foundation for the UK branch of the International Children's Bunko Association.

The ICBA is a volunteer organization which provides Japanese language books and other materials like kamishibai for independent children's library reading groups (called bunko) in various countries across the world. The UK branch has been running since the mid 1970's and maintains many bunko groups in locations across the country.
Some of my books on display

beginning of event (photo: Masami Atkinson)
I was originally scheduled to give a talk to the ICBA nearly two years ago but had to cancel at the last minute after falling ill, so this rescheduling had been planned for a long time. It was a greatly enjoyable and memorable event, not least because the fire alarm went off half way through my talk obliging everyone to temporarily evacuate the building. Fortunately it was a false alarm and I just carried on where I'd left off.
"kono kimochi desu...."

We talked about illustration, my books and my career in Japan and elsewhere, I hope everyone could follow my meandering Japanese, I was worried I'd be a little rusty! After the event attendees enjoyed delicious home-made snacks brought in by participants. 

At the end I was presented with some beautiful books by Yoko Morishima
I'm very grateful to everyone who came to the event, special thanks to the organisers Yoko Morishima, Masami Atkinson and Ms Arai. Thanks also to Miwa Naughton for kindly allowing me to reproduce her photos.


Surinder Bains said...

Having a bored moment and I typed your name into Google and here you are back in the UK and very successful (as we all thought you would be).

Where have the last 24 years gone (I left Tokyo in 1987)? I'm living in Sussex. married three children and haven't been back yet! Did you know that Sue and Makoto are back at the Embassy now? Are you still in touch with Kate and the legendary Dave Birch?

So many questions!

John said...

Oh my goodness Surinda! How are you? I found an email on your blog, but I notice you've stopped updating it, in case it doesn't get through let me know your current addy.
Short answers are No, Yes and Yes (kind of)! Direct email is art(at)jshelley(dot)com