Two illustrators are to represent Taiwan at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy this year, according to the organizers of the Taiwan pavilion.
Hung I-ching (洪意晴) and Liu Bor-leh (劉伯樂) are to display their illustrations at the Taiwan Pavilion, and Hung is also among 75 artists selected to exhibit their work at the fair’s Illustrators Exhibition, the Taipei Book Fair Foundation said.
Hung, 33, said she plans to debut her wordless book Le Visiteur at the Italian fair in the hope of encouraging readers to come up with their own interpretations of the story that was inspired by her visit to Western Australia.
Meanwhile, Liu, 62, said he wants to interact with visitors to the fair and hopes to introduce Taiwan’s wild bird ecology to international readers. He is known for his illustrations of wild birds and has more than 30 years experience of drawing birds, insects and other subjects.
“Contrary to popular belief, birds are creatures with rich and complex emotions,” said Liu, relating examples of baby birds sharing food and a bird looking after its injured companion.
His book I Saw a Bird, which includes illustrations of more than 30 birds, won last year’s Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award, an international prize for Chinese-language children’s picture books.
The 160m2 Taiwan Pavilion is to feature 402 items, including illustrations, comic books, learning materials and digital publications, in a display of Taiwan’s creativity and strength in the publishing industry, the foundation said.
The fair is being held from Monday to Thursday next week in Bologna.
Last year, more than 1,200 exhibitors from 75 countries took part in the fair, which is in its 51st year, according to its Web site.