It was with great pleasure that Ireland Literature Exchange (ILE) accepted an invitation to attend the inaugural China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) this year. The fair, which ran from 7-9 November, was organised by the Shanghai Press and Publication Administration, China Education Publishing and Media Group and China Universal Press and Publication Co Ltd, was a superb opportunity to promote Irish children’s writers and their work to Chinese publishers.
Marita Conlon-McKenna, one of Ireland’s leading authors and the creator of a modern-day classic, Under the Hawthorn Tree, was invited to participate in the International Festival of Children’s Books and Authors in Shanghai, which ran concurrently with the book fair. Ireland Literature Exchange supported Ms McKenna’s participation, making information about the translation of her work available to publishers and translators alike.
During her visit Ms McKenna had the opportunity to meet with publishers and translators at the fair, to give a presentation of her books on the Book Fair stage and to give readings and talks at a Chinese Middle School and at a library.
At the same time, the director of Ireland Literature Exchange, Sinéad Mac Aodha, attended the inaugural China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair. The fair was an exemplary one, as it enabled publishers from China and overseas to promote their books, establish key contacts and exchange information. With a visitor’s stand at the fair, Ireland Literature Exchange was able to productively avail of the opportunity to meet many interesting and expert Chinese children’s publishers.
Ireland Literature Exchange looks forward to many more years of cooperation with the Chinese publishing sector and with the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair.