Speakers att the SmåBUS Children´s Book Festival 2018

Jenny Valentine, United Kingdom

Jenny Valentine is an award winning writer for Young Adults. Her novels have been published in 19 countries. In 2017 she was the Hay Festival International Fellow, spending the year meeting and learning from teenagers all over the world. She works to empower and give a voice to young people. She lives in Wales and London and has two daughters.

Photos: Paul Musso and Hay Festival

Inge Bergh, Belgium

Inge Bergh (1974) made her debut in 1997. She has published some 40 books for children of all ages: picture books for pre-schoolers and early readers and middle grade and young adult novels. Some of her work has been translated into English, French, Danish, Chinese, Korean, Swedish and Portuguese. She draws her inspiration from social issues, the arts and her immediate surroundings. In 2015 Inge received the Vlag en Wimpel accolade.


Malin Eriksson, Sweden

Malin Eriksson writes horse books, for beginners to teenagers reading level. She writes for the magazine Min Häst (My horse) for many years too. Together with author Katja Timgren and literature scientist Anna Nygren, she forms Barahästböcker, a group that aims to give the horse book more attention in the youth literary debate.


Gerda Dendooven, Belgium

Gerda Dendooven (1962) is one of Flanders’ most important illustrators. Her slightly anarchistic drawing and writing style continues to shatter the illusion that the world of children is a rosy one. She uses vibrant, caricature-like and strikingly colourful drawings and collages to cut, paste and reassemble an extraordinary universe in which nothing is what it seems, relationships are misplaced, oppressive chill and enchanting warmth go hand in hand, and the thoughts and interpretations of the careful observer and reader can lead in almost any direction. In short, the unbounded imagination is a predominant feature of her work. 

Veerle Derave, Belgium

Veerle Derave (° Turnhout, 15/7/1970)
Illustrator, master, storyteller.

As an illustrator, I usually use the collage technique. I assemble painted and found paper, in which I like representing personalized animals.
Apart from an own picture-book, I mainly illustrate books for first readers.

As a master, I give courses in creative thinking, playing and illustrating.

The duo ‘Kranenveld’ tells improvisation stories and brings musical animations.



Mylo Freeman, the Netherlands

Mylo Freeman is from Dutch/American origin and grew up in The Hague. She studied Illustration at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She spent a number of years working at the painters department at the academy. After a brief singing career and the birth of her eldest son, she began illustrating again and started off with drawing for kids.
Her first picture book, Potje! received immediately the Kiekeboek Prize.
Meanwhile, Mylo has about 55 picture books to her name, including her series about the dark princess Arabella. With these books she fills up the needy niche, namely picture books with more diversity! The character of Princess Arabella has not only led to 11 picture books, but also a puppet series, an application and a play.

website: www.mylofreeman.com

Gertrud Jetten, the Netherlands

Since her childhood Gertrud Jetten wanted to become a writer and do something with horses. She succeeded! She has been a publisher and an editor of informative books about horses for more than 20 years.

From 2007, she writes successfully children's books with horses in the lead role. From funny books for children who barely can read, to books on intense topics like mourning and abuse for young people and adults.


Åsa Storck, Sweden

I live in Jönkoping. Every single day I work with words and stories. I use them in my work as a librarian in Huskvarna and also when I have an author visit at schools. Actually I don’t have much time to write, but I can’t resist it!
Thinking that it would be easy and go smoothly, is one of the reasons that I started writing easy readers, twenty-five years ago. After all, I had so little time. It soon turned out that this genre was not as easy as I thought. Nevertheless , I continued. Today there are more than 50 children’s books on my name.
I like best about writing the encounters with people who read my books, reflecting on what I wrote and recognizing themselves in my stories. That’s marvellous!

Länk till min FB: https://www.facebook.com/asa.storck

Länk till min sida på författarcentrum är: http://ff.forfattarcentrum.se/forfattare/253/sa_Storck

Inge Umans, Belgium

Inge Umans (° 1969) works half-time as a documentalist in docAtlas and is a full-time reading facilitator. She tours with her kamishibai and tells stories to young and elderly. She offers workshops and reading education (eg Boekstart), reading sessions and youth literature in kindergartens, schools and libraries.
She wrote a practical handbook about the kamishibai as a narrative and working method.



Katarina von Bredow, Sweden

Katarina von Bredow was born in 1967 in Aneby, Småland. In 1991 she debuted with the young-adult novel "Syskonkärlek" (published by Lemniscaat under the title "Me and my brother"). Meanwhile 18 books have been published, both for children and teenagers. Her stories are situated in the present and often relate to relationships. Love, family and friendship. The art of standing up for what one believes, for daring to be yourself. In April 2017, "Tappa greppet" (loosing grip) was released, and in September her first easy reader book in Swedish, entitled "Kär or Magsjuk" (in love or stomach ache).

Edward Van de Vendel, the Netherlands

Edward Van de Vendel was born in Leerdam, The Netherlands (1964). He was a teacher in elementary schools before he became a fulltime writer in 2001. He writes novels for children and young adults, poetry, picturebooks, non-fiction and songlyrics.

His books were awarded with the Golden Kiss (Gouden Zoen/Gouden Lijst, best book for teenagers, 4x), Silver Slate (Zilveren Griffel, best books for children, 8x), Woutertje Pieterse Prijs (critic’s choice, 2x), Children's Prize (Flanders, Belgium), the Prix Sorcières (France, best picture book) and the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis (Germany, best picture book).

He got two nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2011/2012), and one for the Hans Christian Andersen Award (2018).

His books are sold to more than twenty-five languages.

Agnes Våhlund, Sweden

Agnes Våhlund, born in 1985, worked as a graphic designer and a photo editor when she decided to dedicate herself completely to illustrating. She has a preference for comic strips, both American and Japanese. A nerd in heart and soul. Agnes debuted in 2017, together with her husband, author Elias Våhlund, with the first two parts of the book series Handbok för Superhjältar (Superhero Handbook).

Elias Våhlund, Sweden

Elias Våhlund, born in 1973, still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. Meanwhile, he plays most of the time. Besides writing children's books, he works as a director, a scriptwriter, an actor, a stuntman, a teacher and a record boss.
Elias is the founder of a three-year circus and an one-year stunt training. He won a silver medal during the World Championship Artistic fencing in Great Britain and is a member of the British Academy of Fencing.

Together with his wife, illustrator Agnes Våhlund, Elias writes the book series Handbok för Superhjältar (Superhero Handbook).