Children’s Literature Industry Days ’22
Vaikų literatūros industrijos dienos ’22

November 16–18 Vilnius, Lithuania
Lapkričio 16–18 Vilnius, Lietuva


Attention all children’s authors and illustrators, agents and publishers, students and professionals! November blues are cancelled this year! Come and join us on 16–18 November 2022 at the annual Children’s Literature Industry Days, on the sunny CREATOR ISLAND in Vilnius UNESCO City of Literature.

Tickets can be found HERE


The 2022 CREATOR ISLAND will focus on human rights and diversity in children’s literature. We will be discussing stereotypes and how to break them as well as topics such as migration, disability and gender roles in children’s books. We will also share our experiences of engaging communities in creative processes,
any lessons learnt and challenges currently faced by the publishers in the UK and across the Baltic region.


Wednesday, November 16


Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of Graphic Art (5 Malūnų Str.)

10:00 – 11:30 Public lecture by illustrator Kristin Roskifte (NO)
The event is free and open to the public but REGISTRATION is required

12:30 – 16:30 Masterclass with illustrator Kristin Roskifte (NO).
The event is reserved for group of students of Vilnius Academy of Arts

Vilnius University, Faculty of Philology (5 Universiteto Str.)

10:30 – 12:00 Public lecture on creative writing by Sita Brahmachari (UK)
The event is free and open to the public but
REGISTRATION is required

Vilnius Children and Youth Art Gallery (39 Vilnius Str.)

19:00 Launch of Morphing, an exhibition by Ukrainian artist Oleksandra (Lesia) Synychenko (UA).

Thursday, November 17


Admission with CREATOR ISLAND TICKET only

Planeta Film and Media Space (2 Goštauto Str.)

10:00 – 12:00 Creative workshop “Building Bridges Through Stories”.

Writer Sita Brahmachari (UK) shares her experience of working in a refugee centre
in London which became the inspiration for her children’s book Swallow’s Kiss.

Dylan Calder (UK), Creative Director at Pop Up Projects, discusses the Rainbow Library –
a series of eight books developed through creative participatory programmes with young
LGBTQ+ people across the UK and Ireland.

Creative workshop.

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00 An Inclusive Approach to Editing & Art Directing Children’s Books

A talk with Elorine Grant (UK), Senior Art Director at Harper Collins Children’s Books,
and Ken Wilson-Max (UK), children’s author, illustrator and publisher at Harper Collins Children’s Books.

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00 Literature for Children With Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

A training workshop with poet Cheryl Moskowitz (UK) and illustrator Ken Wilson-Max (UK)
on how to deliver literary workshops for children with a range of disabilities.

Vilnius Literary House (11 Šv. Jono Str.)

The event is free and open to the public.

19:00 Capturing diversity: translating our world into visual language.

Evelina Daciūtė
in conversation with picture book authors
Aušra Kiudulaitė (LT) and Linda Bondestam (FI).

Organised in partnership with the Bureau of Vilnius UNESCO City of Literature, The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Vilnius and Embasy of Finland in Lithuania

Friday, November 18


Planeta Film and Media Space (2 Goštauto Str.)

The event is reserved for „Teach for All Lithuania” members only

9:30 – 11:00 Literature for Children With Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

A training workshop with poet Cheryl Moskowitz dedicated to the teachers of the
“Teach for All Lithuania” programme.

Illustrator portfolio reviews. Planeta Film and Media Space (2 Goštauto Str.)

Portfolio reviews are free to attend. If you would like to participate, please REGISTER

11:00 – 12:30 Portfolio reviews with Elorine Grant, Ken Wilson-Max

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30 Portfolio reviews with Dylan Calder, Sam McCullen, Kitty Crowther


Admission with CREATOR ISLAND TICKET only

Planeta Film and Media Space (2 Goštauto Str.)

16:00 – 16:45 Sam McCullen (UK): Picturebooks crossing borders

16:45 – 17:30 Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce (LV): Dare to see through darkness

17:50 – 18:50 Human rights and diversity literature for children: challenges and possibilities
In conversation with Dylan Calder (UK), Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce (LV), Ulla Saar (EE),

Eglė Baliutavičūtė (LT), Anna Misiek (PL). Moderator: Jurga Tumasonytė

19:00 – 19:45 Kitty Crowther (BE): Books opening doors and windows for children

19:45 – 20:30 Kristin Roskifte (NO): Everybody counts

21.00 all guests of the event are invited to enjoy drinks and snacks at OPERA social house
(4 J. Lelevelio str.)


Tickets can be found HERE

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All events will be translated into Lithuanian and English. Portfolio reviews will be held in English only.

For any enquiries, contact Kotryna Zylė, coordinator of CREATOR ISLAND, on


Dylan Calder is the founder and Director of Pop Up Projects. Prior to Pop Up, he worked with hundreds of schools producing and teaching large-scale creative literacy projects for 5-21 year olds, including National Youth Theatre, University of the Arts, Shoreditch Trust, The Ideas Foundation, London South Bank University, as well as major strategic, multi-year programmes for Camden, Waltham Forest, Hounslow, Southwark and Hackney local authorities.

Elorine Grant has been working in publishing for over 30 years, and is currently Art Director for HarperCollins Publishers Children’s Department. Elorine has worked with some of the most talented authors and illustrators in the business: Michael Morpurgo, Judith Kerr, David Walliams, Michael Foreman and Steven Lenton to name a few. She feels passionate about children’s literacy and believes a book is a ’pathway’ to the world and beyond; they should reflect a diverse range of people and experiences.

Ken Wilson-Max is an award-winning author, illustrator and publisher of children’s books. In 2020 his book, Astro Girl, won the STEAM award for early years picture books, and his book Where’s Lenny? was listed in 50 Best Culturally Diverse Children’s Books by The Guardian. In 2017 he started Alanna ‘Max’ an independent publishing company producing naturally inclusive books for young children, and since 2021 has been developing a new, naturally inclusive commercial imprint for Harper Collins.

Cheryl Moskowitz is a poet, novelist and creative translator. She writes for adults and children and has over thirty years experience working as a writer in schools. Her poems for children appear in numerous anthologies including the award winning Poems from a Green & Blue Planet (ed Sabrina Mahfouz, Hodder Children’s Books 2019) and A World Full of Poems (DK Children’s Books, 2020), and in 2020 she wrote The Corona Collection – A Conversation a unique poetry collection of children’s voices and perspectives on the pandemic.

Sita Brahmachari is an internationally award winning author of novels, novellas, short stories and plays based in London. She won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with her debut novel Artichoke Hearts and her latest novel ‘When Shadows Fall’ was picked as one of The Guardian and Times books of 2021. Sita’s work has been endorsed by Amnesty International for its ability to speak powerfully of global human rights, and she is the Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants.

Sam McCullen studied illustration at Cambridge School of Art, and since graduating has worked on a variety of projects in the children’s book publishing industry. He’s the co-founder and Managing Director of dPICTUS, a curated platform where international picturebook publishers and agencies showcase outstanding projects, discover emerging talent, and make new publishing connections. Sam also runs the Picturebook Makers resource (, where many the world’s finest picturebook makers talk about the creation of their books.

Kitty Crowther, who is half English and half Swedish, was born in Brussels and lives in Wallonia in Belgium. She’s written and/or illustrated over forty books which have been translated into twenty languages. In 2010, Kitty won the world’s most prestigious prize for children’s literature: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Kristin Roskifte is a Norwegian illustrator and author. She has made eight picture books and also illustrated a number of books for other authors. Her latest book, “Alle sammen teller” (“Everybody Counts”) is being translated to more than 30 languages. In 2019 it was awarded the Nordic Council Children and Young people’s Literature Prize. Kristin lives and works outside Oslo, with her husband and their three kids. She has a large collection of sketchbooks where she documents all parts of life on a daily (and nightly) basis.

Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce is a Latvian playwright, scriptwriter, and author with a Lithuanian background. In 2013 she graduated from the Latvian Academy of Culture with a bachelor’s degree in drama, in 2015 she received two master’s degrees: one in culture management and the other in literature studies. Her plays have been staged in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, and Israel. Songs with her lyrics are included in the repertoire of the Latvian Song Festival. Her latest book, Puika, kurš redzēja tumsā (The Boy who Saw in the dark, Latvijas Mediji, 2019), has been awarded the International Jānis Baltvilks Prize in Children’s Literature and Book Art as well as other awards and nominations.

Human rights and diversity literature for children: challenges and possibilities
In conversation with Dylan Calder (UK), Anna Misiek (PL), Ulla Saar (EE), Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce (LV),
Eglė Baliutavičūtė (LT). Moderator: Jurga Tumasonytė

Vaikų žemė, Lithuanian Culture Institute.

POP UP PROJECTS, LRT, the Lithuanian Publishers Association, Vilnius UNESCO City of Literature,

Vilniaus Academy of Arts, Vilnius University Philology Faculty, MRU Institute of Humanities,
Lithuanian Writers’ Union, Planeta, Literatūra ir menas, 7 meno dienos.

Lithuanian Council for Culture, Vilnius Municipality, NORL


Rudens melancholija šiemet atšaukiama! Lapkričio 16-18 dienomis visus vaikų knygų kūrėjus, leidėjus,
agentus, studentus ir profesionalus Vaikų literatūros industrijos dienos kviečia į visada saulėtą KŪRĖJŲ SALĄ,
įsikursiančią Vilniuje, UNESCO literatūros mieste.

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2022 m. KŪRĖJŲ SALA skiriama žmogaus teisių ir įvairovės temoms vaikų literatūroje.
Kalbėsimės apie stereotipus ir jų laužymą, migracijos, negalios, lyčių temas literatūroje,
dalysimės patirtimi apie bendruomenių įtraukimą į kūrybinius procesus,
Jungtinės Karalystės ir Baltijos regiono leidybos patirtį ir iššūkius.


Lapkričio 16 d., trečiadienis


Vilniaus dailės akademijos Grafikos katedra (Malūnų g. 5)

10.00 – 11.30 Atvira paskaita su iliustruotoja Kristin Roskifte (NO)

Renginys nemokamas, dalyvauti gali visi norintys. Būtina REGISTRACIJA

12.30 – 16.30 Iliustruotojos Kristin Roskifte meistriškumo pamoka

Uždaras renginys Vilniaus dailės akademijos studentų grupei

Vilniaus Universiteto Filologijos fakultetas (Universiteto g. 5)

10.00 – 11.30 Atvira paskaita apie kūrybinį rašymą su Sita Brahmachari (JK)

Renginys nemokamas, dalyvauti gali visi norintys. Būtina REGISTRACIJA

Vilniaus vaikų ir jaunimo meno galerija (Vilniaus g. 39)

19.00 Ukrainiečių menininkės Oleksandros (Lesios) Synychenko (UA) parodos „Kismas“ (Morphing) atidarymas

Lapkričio 17d., ketvirtadienis


Tik su KŪRĖJŲ SALOS bilietu

Kino ir medijų erdvė „Planeta“ (Goštauto g. 2)

10.00 – 12.00 Kūrybinės dirbtuvės „Ryšio kūrimas pasakojimais“

Rašytoja Sita Brahmachari pasidalins darbo Londono pabėgėlių centre patirtimi ir papasakos, kaip ši veikla įkvėpė knygos „Kregždutės bučinys“ (Swallow’s Kiss) atsiradimą.

„Pop Up Projects“ kūrybos vadovas Dylan Calder pristatys projektą „Vaivorykštės biblioteka“ (The Rainbow Library) – kūrybinių programų su jaunais LGBTQ+ žmonėmis iš visos Jungtinės Karalystės ir Airijos metu sukurtas aštuonias knygas.

Kūrybinės dirbtuvės.

12.00 – 13.30 Pietų pertrauka

13.30 – 15.00 Diskusija „Įtraukus požiūris į vaikų knygų redagavimą ir apipavidalinimą“

Pranešimai ir pokalbis su vyresniąja leidyklos „Harper Collins Children‘s Books“ meno vadove Elorine Grant ir „Harper Collins Children‘s Books“ leidėju, knygų vaikams autoriumi bei iliustruotoju Ken Wilson-Max.

15.00 – 15.30 Kavos pertraukėlė

15.30 – 17.00 „Literatūra vaikams su specialiaisiais poreikiais“

Mokomosios dirbtuvės su poete Cheryl Moskowitz ir iliustruotoju Ken Wilson-Max, kurių metu dalinsimės žiniomis, kaip vesti literatūros dirbtuves vaikams su specialiaisiais poreikiais.

Vilniaus literatų namai (Šv. Jono g. 11)

Renginys nemokamas, dalyvauti gali visi norintys. Anglų kalba.

19.00 Pastebėti įvairovę: pasaulio perteikimas vaizdų kalba.

Pokalbis su paveikslėlių knygų kūrėjomis Linda Bondestam (FI) ir Aušra Kiudulaite (LT). Kalbina Evelina Daciūtė (LT).

Renginys organizuojamas kartu su VšĮ „Vilnius UNESCO literatūros miestas“, Šiaurės ministrų tarybos biuru Vilniuje ir Suomijos ambasada Lietuvoje.

Lapkričio 18d., penktadienis


Kino ir medijų erdvė „Planeta“ (Goštauto g. 2)

Uždaras renginys mokytojams

9.30 – 11.00 „Literatūra vaikams su specialiaisiais mokymosi poreikiais“

Mokomosios dirbtuvės su poete Cheryl Moskowitz, skirtos programos „Renkuosi mokyti!” mokytojams.

Iliustruotojų portfolio peržiūros. Kino ir medijų erdvė „Planeta“ (Goštauto g. 2) Peržiūros nemokamos. Norinčius pristatyti savo darbus kviečiame REGISTRUOTIS

11.00 – 12.30 Portfolio peržiūros su Elorine Grant ir Ken Wilson-Max

12.30 – 14.00 Pietų pertrauka

14.00 – 15.30 Portfolio peržiūros su Dylan Calder, Sam McCullen ir Kitty Crowther


Tik su KŪRĖJŲ SALOS bilietu

Kino ir medijų erdvė „Planeta“ (Goštauto g. 2)

16.00 – 16.45 Sam McCullen (JK) „Paveikslėlių knygos, peržengiančios sienas“

16.45 – 17.30 Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce (LV) „Drąsa matyti tamsoje“

17.50 – 18.50 Diskusija „Žmonių teisės ir įvairovė literatūroje vaikams: iššūkiai ir galimybės“
Dalyvauja: Dylan Calder (JK), Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce (LV), Ulla Saar (EE), Eglė Baliutavičūtė (LT), Anna Misiek (PL). Diskusiją moderuoja Jurga Tumasonytė.

19.00 – 19.45 Kitty Crowther (BE) „Knygos, atveriančios vaikams duris ir langus“

19.45 – 20.30 Kristin Roskifte (NO) „Vienas ir kiekvienas“

21.00 visi vakaro svečiai vaišinami gėrimu ir užkandžiais OPERA social house (J. Lelevelio g. 4)


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Visi renginiai vyks su vertimu į lietuvių ir anglų kalbas. Portfolio peržiūros vyks tik anglų kalba.

Mokyklų tobulinimo centro programa „Vaikų žemė“, Lietuvos kultūros institutas.

POP UP PROJECTS, LRT, Lietuvos leidėjų asociacija, Vilnius UNESCO literatūros miestas, Vilniaus dailės akademija, VU filologijos fakultetas, MRU humanitarinių mokslų institutas, Lietuvos rašytojų sąjunga, Planeta, Literatūra ir menas, 7 meno dienos.

Lietuvos kultūros taryba, Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė, NORLA