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Persian Classic Tales: The Little Black Fish


As the world’s largest celebration of writing, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is guaranteed to have something for book lovers of all ages. Running from 12 – 28 August in a special tented Book Village in the heart of Edinburgh, it promises to be a packed programme featuring over 800 writers and thinkers – including events by UK children’s publisher Tiny Owl.

The publisher will host several events for both children and adults on 14 – 15 August. In a workshop for both children and adults, storyteller Alia Alzougbi and translator Azita Rassi will explore the powerful Iranian story The Little Black Fish. Alia has already held stunning workshops for Tiny Owl at the Greenwich Book Festival and the Hay International Festival.

Also present at children’s art workshops will be Ehsan Abdollahi, whose stunning illustrations light up When I Coloured In the World and A Bottle of Happiness, and who is now at work on another upcoming Tiny Owl title. One workshop will be co-run with Pippa Goodhart, author of A Bottle of Happiness. What would you put in your own bottle of happiness? In this workshop you can write down some of the things that give you joy, put them in your very own bottle and take it home.

There’s an event for adults too: Azita Rassi, who translates Tiny Owl’s books from Persian, will discuss the idea of visual and cultural translation in picture books, together with Ehsan Abdollahi and author Pippa Goodhart (A Bottle of Happiness). The panel will be chaired by Daniel Hahn.


Full events schedule:

Ehsan Abdollahi and Azita Rassi’s Big Draw

When: Mon 14 Aug 11:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Baillie Gifford Story Box

Price: Free (drop-in event)


Ehsan Abdollahi and Pippa Goodhart: Bottling Happiness

When: Mon 14 Aug 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Where: Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab

Price: £5


Persian Classic Tales: The Little Black Fish

When: Tue 15 Aug 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Where: Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab

Price: £5


Aesthetic and Cultural Transition

When: Tue 15 Aug 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Where: Bosco Theatre (George Street)

Price: £12/£10



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