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CLiPPA award-winning publisher The Emma Press is publishing their first children’s chapter book, The Girl Who Learned All the Languages of the World, written by acclaimed Latvian author Ieva Flamingo. The translation and production of the book was supported by a grant from the Latvian Writers Union and the Republic of Latvia’s Ministry of Culture.

The Emma Press has launched the first batch of Bicki-Books, a landmark series of pocket-sized picture books for children originally published in Latvia by liels un mazs. Each Bicki-Book features a classic Latvian children’s poem, newly translated into English, with illustrations from some of Latvia’s leading illustrators. The six titles include Ice Cream and Naughty Gnat. The English publication of the Bicki-Books is supported by a grant from the Latvian Writers Union.

The Emma Press has announced a call for picture book submissions from writers – including those who illustrate their own work. The independent publisher, which is based in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, are looking for manuscripts for picture books for children with potential for crossover appeal. The call is open from 14th January 2019, and closes on 20th April 2019.

Award-winning Birmingham publisher the Emma Press is launching Everything That Can Happen: Poems about the Future on 31st January 2019. Edited by Suzannah Evans, whose debut poetry collection Near Future was published by Nine Arches Press in November 2018, and Tom Sastry, whose first full collection A Man’s House Catches Fire will be published by Nine Arches Press in Autumn 2019, the anthology explores many kinds of future; versions of our world that are recognisable in differing degrees.

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