Three Danes to Promote Children Literature in Vietnam

Following the great success from last year’s Story Express three Danes and a group of Vietnamese writers and illustrators will once again travel Vietnam to present children’s books. The aim is to promote children’s literature and visit children reader’s clubs in selected provinces of Vietnam.
The 12th of November 2007 Vietnamese and Danish writers and illustrators will depart from Hanoi for the third Story Express in a bus packed full of children’s books. The delegation will visit the provinces Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh, where they will meet children of all ages and share with them their favorite stories and children’s books.
The Fairytale Express was launched in 2005, on the occasion of the 200-year anniversary of the Danish writer of fairytales, H.C. Andersen. Just like last year, it is now not only the fairytales of H.C. Andersen, which will be read aloud and presented to the children in Vietnam’s provinces. There is also new children’s literature, Vietnamese as well as Danish, on the bus.
This year the participants of the Story Express will be 30 Vietnamese illustrators and writers and the three Danes, Sally Altschuler, Tove Krebs Lange and Glenn Ringtved, who all joined a book project on the anthology “A Journey”.
This anthology is a joint product between Vietnamese and Danish writers and illustrators in which Danish writers will write text while Vietnamese illustrators will make illustrations and vice-versa.
On the journey around Vietnam, the delegation will bring various pictures of Danish illustrators. These will be used as an inspiration for children to write stories based on the picture and their imagination.
The Fairytale Express is part of a cultural programme for children’s literature supported by the Embassy of Denmark, with the overall aim to support the development of Vietnamese children’s literature by strengthening the capacity of Vietnamese authors and illustrators as well as promoting the use of children’s books in education in schools and within the family.

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