Meg Rosoff’s Opening Speech Now on YouTube


On September 6th, 2017, Meg Rosoff declared the »International Children’s and Young Adult« section of the 17th international literature festival berlin open by delivering her welcoming speech »I’m Going to Tell You a Fairy Tale« in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Now the speech has been posted to Youtube in video format; the text is also available in English and German on the ilb website. On September 8th, the speech was published in the FAZ, and, on September 15th, an edited version appeared in the Guardian.

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston in 1956. She studied at Harvard University and Saint Martin’s School of Art in London before going on to work in advertisement for 15 years. She has written eleven picture books, young adult books and novels including HOW I LIVE NOW [2004] and JONATHAN UNLEASHED [2016]. Rosoff’s books have been translated into over 20 languages and have been awarded, amongst others, with the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize [2004], the Carnegie Medal [2006], the German Children’s Literature Award [2008] and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award [2016]. She lives in London. This year’s festival is the second ilb that Rosoff has taken part in; the books she presented this time were THERE IS NO DOG [2011] and PICTURE ME GONE [2013].

Following the speeches of Patrick Ness (2014, speech on Youtube  and on the ilb website), Frank Cottrell Boyce (2015, speech on Youtube and the ilb website) and Ruta Sepetys (2016, speech on Youtube and on the ilb website), Meg Rosoff is the fourth person to declare the »International Children’s and Young Adult« section of the international literature festival berlin open.