Lecture | Anne Pellowski

This evening, Inizjamed will be organising a talk by a ‘world resource’ on children’s literature Anne Pellowski at the Old Humanities Building, Room 101, University campus from 18:15.

The lecture, entitled ‘The Story Bag: A World of Experiences in Storytelling and Creating Books in Minority Languages’ will be of special interest to educators, pre-school and day care providers, librarians, parents, writers, and those interested in children’s books. 

A former librarian at the New York Public Library and renowned storyteller, teacher, and author, Pellowski has published such titles as The Story Vine, World of Children’s Stories, The Family Storytelling Handbook, and, most recently, Drawing Stories from Around the World.  

She has performed and conducted storytelling workshops in over 100 countries. 

Since 1996, she has been a volunteer with IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, giving workshops in developing countries, like Bolivia, Cape Verde, Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Mongolia, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Zambia, on the creation of books for children.  

She is also a founder and director of the Information Center on Children’s Cultures, part of the United States Committee for UNICEF.

Pellowski has been called a ‘world resource’, and received the United States National Storytelling Network Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

She grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, among many other Polish-American families who had settled there after arriving in the 1850s and 1860s. 

A Fulbright Scholarship took her to the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, in 1955-56, where she met Jella Lepman, the founder and the person who began the organisation that eventually became known as the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). 

After that, Pellowski served as a children’s librarian and storytelling specialist for the New York Public Library, for almost 10 years. Following that, she founded and maintained the Information Center on Children's Cultures for the US Committee for UNICEF.

She is the author or editor of 21 books, and has lectured at universities and libraries in many countries.

Entrance to the lecture is free.

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