‘I Am Jack’ is crossing the world to land in Istanbul – he’s packing his backpack, jokes, soccerball, family photos especially his favourite one of Nanna holding up the sun and her ‘teeth’ – she’s sending a spare set of teeth so I can show the kids at the ITEF-Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival. The festival is named after the famous modernist Turkish poet, novelist, essayist, and critic Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar,
The ‘I Am Jack’ books have been translated into Turkish by Marti Publishing. I can’t wait to meet my translator Sima Özkan Yıldırım who is also a picture book author and editor; have a Turkish bath; eat Turkish delight. wander in the amazing Topkapi Palace …. beautiful Turkey for peace and sharing books.