The London Book Fair Korea Market Focus 2014: Hwang Sun-mi In Conversation…

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Hwang Sun-mi in conversation with Maya Jaggi

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Date: Wednesday 9 April, 11.30-12.00
Venue: English PEN Literary Salon, Earls Court

Hwang Sun-mi was born in 1963 and studied creative writing at university. Hwang is a leading children’s books author. Her works handle a variety of subject matters such as the meaning of freedom, the value of love and eco-conscious thinking. Her stories cross the boundaries between the past and the present, and reality and fantasy. The Bad Boy Stickers criticizes adults through the eyes of children, and it seeks a way for adults and the children to communicate fairly with each other. Hwang has been actively publishing children’s books and young adult literature since her literary debut in 1995. Her masterpiece, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, tells a story about the beauty and pride of a life striving for freedom and dreams. This work sold over a million copies since its publication in 2000 and was included in the school curriculum for fifth graders in Korea. The animated film adaptation of the work attracted over two million viewers. Penguin USA published a translation of The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly in 2013; the book was later chosen as an “Amazon Best Book of the Month” in November of the same year. She has published over thirty works includingMy Blue BicycleInvited FriendsCapture the OrchardThe Grandpa Herbalist and the Friends of the Valley vol. 1 & 2The Shorty Goblin of WelltownMy One and Only Wish, and Know My Secret, Please.

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