Satoshi Kitamura is an award-winning children's author and illustrator whose work includes over 20 of his own books, and many more collaborations. Using a glass dip pen that produces his individual, slightly uneven line, Kitamura is skilled in finding the delicate balance between words and pictures, and creating visual depictions of abstract concepts such as music and art. His aesthetic style, along with memorable narratives, has earned him numerous awards including the Mother Goose Award for the Most Exciting Newcomer to Illustration in 1983 for his involvement in Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram. Kitamura also works as a translator on projects such as Elmer the Patchwork Elephant by British author David McKee, and has collaborated with poets like Roger McGough and John Agard for their poetry collections and anthologies. In The Carnival of Animals he illustrated the poems of a dozen distinguished British poets who were inspired by Saint Saens' orchestral music with the same title.
In conjunction with The Children's Bookshow, a national tour of writers and illustrators of children's literature in which Kitamura has been selected to appear, this special talk event will highlight his innovative, varied, and long career. Having recently returned to live in Japan after spending many years nurturing his career in the U.K., Kitamura, in conversation with Nicolette Jones, will discuss the development of his style, whether or not working in a different environment has had any impact upon his work, all while exploring the appreciation of children's literature in the markets of both the U.K. and Japan. Jones is a writer, critic and broadcaster specialising in literary and arts journalism. She has been the Children's Books Editor of The Sunday Times for more than two decades.
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