Barnboksveckans gäster 2017: Cheewan Wisasa

Cheewan Wisasa (Chiwan Wisasa) var en av våra gäster under Barnboksveckan 2005 och nu har vi glädjen att få återse honom hos oss. Han första bok publicerades 1987 och han minns att han då kände sig både upprymd och stolt. Även om det var ett litet steg glömmer han det aldrig.

IB: Why did you become a children’s books author/illustrator? Where you interested in stories and pictures as a child, or was it your own child that needed stories, or is it a way to make the world a better place to live?

CW: I have many stories that I want the kids to know about and I want to design communication through picture books with fun and stimulating ideas. With my books I also want to create new perspectives, creativity for a world that children in the future will need to take care of.

IB: Do you write/illustrate also for adults?

CW: Most of my works are children's picture books. My adult Writings are articles I write for a magazine.  Another part of my work is television programes for children.

IB: Do you believe that children’s books should be read by grown-ups as well?

CW: Yes, I believe that older children can read children's books, even though the view may change because of growing up.

IB: Do you remember when and where your first text/illustration was published and how it felt?

CW: My first book was printed in 1987. I was very excited and proud. It was a small step, but something I will never forget.

IB: Do you have a favorite among your books?

CW: I love all my books, but one very challenging book and also a favorite is “I LENG KENG KONG”.

IB: What are you working on right now?

CW: I am writing a new story about natural fantasy, a wordless book  called “MINNIM”.  I will bring sketches to show you in November!


Kontaktperson för Internationella bibliotekets barnboksvecka: gizela.sladic@stockholm.se.