zofia beszczyńska

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about the author

a poet, author of fantasy tales for adults and children and book reviewer working for literary magazines.

Member of Association of Polish Writers (SPP www.sppwarszawa.pl), Polish PEN Club www.penclub.com.pl, and Polish IBBY Section www.ibby.pl. Scholar of Children’s Library in Munich (Germany,1996) and Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Visby (Sweden, 2003), she was, among others, an editor of literature critic magazine "Nowe Książki" ("New Books").

In 2013 honoured by Medal of Polish IBBY Section for the children' writing.

Her poetry has been published in many literary reviews for children and adults, anthologies and school textbooks ; some of them translated into foreign languages (among others: English, German, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Uzbek). She took part in poetry festivals in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998), Struga, Macedonia (2002, 2003), Havana, Cuba (2007), Calicut, India (2007). Granada, Nicaragua (2009), and Paris, France (2009). She represented Poland in International Writers Encounter and 6th Story Telling Marathon in Quito (Ecuador, 2011), and in International Festival of Childrens' Books in Sofia, Bulgaria (2012).

Her most important adults poetry collections are : Window in a Tree (1992) ; I Live Singing (1996) ; Magic Places (2003) ; Island of Lights (2004) ; Los sitios mágicos (Havana, 2010).

Short stories collection : Dreams of Love and Death (2012).

Among children books Tea Cat (1999) was the Book of the Year (Polish IBBY Section) and was granted a honourable mention in the Child’s World Foundation Bestseller competition 1999 ;

Tales of Things and and Non-things (2002) – the Book of the Year and was granted a honourable mention of the Bestseller of the Year ;

Helter-Skelter Down the Hill www.mediarodzina.com.pl (2005) – the Book of the Summer (honourable mention in the Library Raczyński competition), the Book of the Year (honourable mention of the Polish IBBY Section competition), the White Ravens 2006 (Award of International Youth Library www.ijb.de, Muenchen), and the White Ravens 2006 at Bologna Children's Book Fair http://www.bookfair.bolognafiere.it ;

Fur Mirror www.mediarodzina.com.pl (2009) – the Book of the Year (honourable mention of the Polish IBBY Section competition) ;

Where do wolves come from? www.wydawnictwoMILA.pl (2009) – the Book of the Autumn (honourable mention in the Library Raczyński competition) ;

Egg of the Moon www.akapit-press.com.pl (2011) – the Book of the Year (Grand Prix of the Polish IBBY Section competition) ;

Birdy Jane www.wydawnictwoMILA.pl (2013) ;

Queen of Birds www.akapit-press.com.pl (2014) the Book of the Year (honourable mention of the Polish IBBY Section competition ;

Books published abroad : los sitios mágicos (Havana 2010) ; Çaykolik Kedi (Istambul, 2010) ; el alma verde (Havana 2014) ; cada bicho con su capricho (Quito 2014).

The last translations : Yellow Dragon. Chinese Fairy Tales www.mediarodzina.com.pl (2008 ) ; Charles Perrault, Cinderella www.mediarodzina.com.pl (2015).

Foreign anthologies : Sferoj5. Sciencfikcio kaj fantasto (Barcelona, 1987) ; Der Maulbeerbaum, der Fernweh Hatte. Geschichten für deutsche und polnische Kinder (Frankfurt/Oder,1997) ; Fish and Snake poetry anthology (Tashkent, 2009) ; Arche Kinder Kalender 2011 & 2013 (München, 2010, 2012): http://arche-kalender-verlag.com ; El espacio no es un vacío, incluye todos los tiempos (Montreal, 2010): http://www.brokenjaw.com/docs/Rio_El_espacio_BJPeBooks51.pdf ; The Language of the Birds (Toshkent, 2011) ; Happiness. The Delight Tree. An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry (New York, 2015) ; Zoran Djerić, S glavom u oblacima (Novi Sad, 2015).

Honourable mention for poetry in “ Palmarès 2008. Jeux Floraux des Pyrénées Cathares” competition.

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