World Kid Lit LIVE


About World Kid Lit LIVE

World Kid Lit LIVE is a series of online panel discussions involving authors, translators, publishers, editors, academics and literary professionals who work in the field of literature for young people in languages that are less represented in English translation.

Check back here shortly for details of our #WorldKidLitMonth special coming up in September

Available now on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel.

Hosted by Marcia Lynx Qualey (ArabLit) and managed by Mohini Gupta (Mother Tongue Twisters), our first two panels with publishers and translators took place during #WorldKidLitMonth 2020. Following on from this success, World Kid Lit LIVE has developed to facilitate language and region-specific discussion between different people working with children’s literature.

Following on from our successful panel on literature in Arabic, we have exciting plans to expand this series in 2021.

“The response shows that you have tapped into a strong need in the Arabic speaking world and that there is lack of opportunities to debate the topic.”

Alexandra Büchler, Literature Across Frontiers

All of our World Kid Lit LIVE past events are available to watch on our Facebook page and on our YouTube channel.

Past events

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African Kid Lit and Africa’s Many Languages

  • Sandra Tamele – Translator / Interpreter; Founder Editora Trinta Nove, Mozambique
  • Christian Elongue – Founder Muna Kalati, Cameroon
  • Edwige-Renée Dro, Writer, translator, literary activist, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ayo Oyeku – Writer, Founder Eleventh House, Nigeria
Banner showing photo of panel speakers Sandra Tamele, Christian Elongue, Edwige-Renée Dro and Ayo Oyeku


Central European Literature for Young Readers

  • Anna Bently, translator from Hungarian
  • Antonia Lloyd-Jones, translator from Polish
  • Julia Sherwood, translator of Czech, Slovak, Polish and Russian, editor-at-large for Slovakia for Asymptote
  • Moderator Alexandra Büchler, Literature Across Frontiers, translator from Czech


Arabic Literature and Young Readers

  • Taghreed Najjar – Author
  • Fatima Sharafeddine – Writer and translator
  • Hadil Ghoneim – Author
  • Susanne Abou Ghaida – Academic
  • Moderator Marcia Lynx Qualey – Founding Editor of ArabLit


Why Translate KidLit? A talk with translators around the world

  • Lawrence Schimel – Spanish
  • Avery Fischer Udagawa – Japanese
  • Laura Watkinson – Dutch, Italian, German
  • Sawad Hussain – Arabic
  • Moderated by Marcia Lynx Qualey – Arabic


Making KidLit Travel: How translations happen

  • Charlotte Ryland – Director Stephen Spender Trust
  • Shelly Tanaka – Author and Fiction Editor at Groundwood Books
  • Radhika Menon – Publishing Director at Tulika Books
  • Emma Wright – Founder of The Emma Press
  • Moderator Marcia Lynx Qualey – co-founder World Kid Lit