Navigating Diversity, Authenticity and Representation in Children’s Literature with Nadine Kaadan

by | Feb 9, 2024 | IBBY NEWS

This talk will be moderated by Fen Coles of Letterbox Library.

Nadine Kaadan is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator from Syria now living in London. Since arriving to the UK in 2012, Nadine navigated the complex dynamics of the UK children’s publishing industry, the challenges around genuine diversity and authenticity as well as the need for representation. In this discussion, moderated by Dr Fen Coles, Letterbox Library, we explore Nadine’s creative process, the importance of cultural heritage and how we process war and trauma through art. Looking at her diverse catalogue of work we delve into Nadine’s passion for authenticity and how her cultural heritage serves as a constant source of pride and identity. Find out more and book here:


When: Thursday 29th Febuary 18:30-19:30 (doors open 18:00)

Tickets: General admission £5 Concession £3


Grand Junction is a venue for arts, culture and community based at St Mary Magdalane Church in Paddington. This evening is a part of Grand Junction’s Our Shared Heritage talks programme which celebrates the part that Black, Arab, and Asian people and cultures have played in London’s history. See the full programme here.