Marit Törnqvist in Iceland
From October 11 to October 20, children’s book author and illustrator Marit Törnqvist will visit Iceland to promote her latest book, Het gelukkige eiland (‘The Happy Island’, Querido, 2017) and meet her readers. At the international children’s and youth literature festival Mýrin in Reykjavik (11-14 October) she will give a lecture about her illustration workshops and book projects for refugee children. After the festival she will give workshops and lectures elsewhere in the country.
Marit Törnqvist (Uppsala, 1964) moved from Sweden to the Netherlands at the age of five. After studying illustration at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, she made her debut at the age of 23 with illustrations for a book by Astrid Lindgren. Soon, four other picture books followed for Astrid Lindgren. In 1994 she designed a three-dimensional journey through the work of Lindgren for the children’s culture house Junibacken in Stockholm. She was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award seven times in a row and she was one of five illustrators on the shortlist of the H.C. Andersen Award 2016.
In 1995 she published her first self-written book, Een klein verhaal over liefde (‘A Little Story of Love’), which was awarded a Silver Slate Pencil (Zilveren Griffel), one of the major Dutch awards. This book was the first part of a trilogy, of which Het gelukkige eiland is the final part. This book was awarded a Silver Slate Pencil as well. Initiated by Törnqvist, last year an anthology of Dutch children’s literature (Een boek voor jou, ‘A Book for You’) was published in Arabic translation and distributed for free to refugee children in the Netherlands. Her books have been published in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, French, English, German, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Persian.