Taiwanese Illustrator Fifi Kuo was invited to participate in the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival in a series of events held on 14 and 15 August. As well as holding several workshops called Scribbling on the Sofa where she encouraged children to bring out and develop their own distinct artistic style through drawing, Fifi was also invited to take part in the talk Illustration in Translation. Moderated by festival Illustrator in Residence Eilidh Muldoon, Fifi was joined by illustrators from Syria and Poland to discuss picture books in translation, their visual differences and how they can enhance our empathy with and understanding of other cultures.
Fifi has been shortlisted for the prestigious Klaus-Flugge Prize for illustration, the winner of which will be announced 11 September. Three of her books have been published in the UK, with further plans for publication in other countries across North America and Europe.