ilb section »International Children’s and Young Adult Literature«: Complete program published

Amongst others guest in Berlin: Frank Cottrell Boyce (© photo: BAFTA / Jay Brook), Roddy Doyle (© photo: Mark Nixon) and Meg Wolitzer (© photo: Nina Subin)


The complete program for the festival section »International Children’s and Young Adult Literature« has been published and is available under 21 authors and illustrators from eleven countries are taking part in this section of the program, which comprises 85 events. David Almond, Roddy Doyle, Jenny Jägerfeld, Navid Kermani, Mawil, Riad Sattouf, Edward van de Vendel and Meg Wolitzer are some of the guests.

The opening speech of the section will be held on the 9th of September by the British writer and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, who will also present his book »The Unforgotten Coat« as an international premiere. On the 10th of September he will hold a talk with his translator Salah Naoura about his literary body of work.

The main focus of this section of the program will be 30 extraordinary books, with regards to content and form, for young readers. All festival books will be presented personally by the authors and illustrators during the time of the festival in Berlin from the 9th to the 19th of September. 26 picture books, graphic novels, Children’s and Young adult novels as well as non-fiction books will be presented at readings as premieres. Of the 21 guests, 15 will be first time guests of the festival and 7 of them will be on a stage in Germany for the first time.

Escape, displacement and migration will be a central topic this year and is a theme in the books of Frank Cottrel Boyce (Children’s novel), Ingeborg Kringeland Hald (Young Adult novel), Javier Martínez Pedro (picture book) and Mawil (Graphic Novel). Different events of this section will take place in co-operation with refugees in Berlin.

The book exhibition »The Extraordinary Book – Library for Young Readers« to be held at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and, for the first time, also at the Philipp Schaeffer Library will be part of the program for the fourth year running. 20 authors and illustrators, guests of this section, have each recommended a book for children, youths or young adults. The exhibition can also be viewed online at Roddy Doyle has recommended Roald Dahls Children’s novel »Danny, the Champion of the World« for the exhibition, which will be this year’s focus for the retrospective of the section.                                                

In the framework of the format ilb Generation young critics will compére different events of the section for the ninth year running and will converse with the authors Jenny Jägerfeld, Sjoerd Kuyper and Jandy Nelson. David Almond, Mawil and Kaatje Vermeire will dive deep into the discourse of writing and illustrating books for young readers in the new format »Master Class«. The authors will reveal tricks and gimmicks of their artistic work. In the context of the special events Weather Stations and Lesefüchse, youths from all over the world will be guests in Berlin and perform at different events. The finale of the Lesefüchse debate competition is under the patronage of Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Federal Minister of the Department for Foreign Affairs). The Freie Universität Berlin has compiled teaching materials for the festival books within the framework of a seminar, which in turn will be provided to the schools in preparation of the festival.

The events will take place in 20 locations all over Berlin, among them universities, theatres, libraries and schools. The central location of the festival is the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The program encompasses readings, workshops, discussions and various specials.  The events are suitable for anyone who is interested but are especially aimed at pupils of all class levels. Guidance concerning the program as well as advance sales of tickets can be found and done from Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm by writing to or calling (030) 278786-66/-70.  

The international literature festival berlin is an event of the Peter-Weiss-Stiftung für Kunst und Politik e. V. It is hosted by the Haus der Berliner Festspiele und is made possible through the funds of the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. A presentation of the program of the ilb-section Children’s and Young Adult Program will take place at a press conference at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele on the 26th of August at 11 am.