chick hen speaks kinaráy-a!
Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo (also known as Beaulah The Magnificent) treated Hen&ink to a clucking good chicken chuckle when she sent us Doug Cushman‘s (http://www.doug-cushman.com) “Training for Bologna” Chicken Scratching cartoon (http://henandink.com/index.html) translated into kinaráy-a!
I am forever grateful to Beaulah for taking over SCBWI EXPRESSIONS ONLINE* when I became the International Regional Chairperson for the SCBWI! Happily, technology caught up with her abilities and she continues to produce informative and entertaining on-line newsletters for the SCBWI community
(See below for about Beaulah!).
Beaulah has been a freelance illustrator, editor, and book designer since 1989. Her work is in more than 60 published titles, including books by three National Artists: Nick Joaquin’s Culture and History (Anvil, 2004), Leonor Orosa Goquinco’s The Dances of the Emerald Isles, and Salvador Bernal’s Patterns for the Filipino Dress. She has illustrated and designed several children’s books, including five Philippine language editions of Alice McLerran’s The Mountain That Loved A Bird.
In 2009, Beaulah conceptualized, art-directed, designed, and produced fifteen books by children for children based on prize winning stories told in Hiligaynon and Kinray-a, the languages spoken in the West Visayan island of Panay. In 2010, she coedited, art directed, designed, and produced ten children’s books based on prize winning stories for children whose fathers are mostly away at sea.
Aside from conceptualizing, editing, illustrating, designing, and producing books, Beaulah serves as Regional Advisor for the Philippine chapter of the Los Angeles based Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). She also edits Expression OnLine, the SCBWI international online newsletter reaching almost 4,000 subscribers worldwide [*http://groups.yahoo.com/group/expression_online/], and translates illustrated antique children’s books into Hiligaynon and Kinaráy-a for Children’s Books Online: The Rosetta Project.
Beaulah helped found Ang InK, the first children’s illustrators group in the Philippines. She also served as Chair and sectoral representative for illustrators in the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY). She lives in Manila.
YAY, BEAULAH! (And now to get back to our training for the London Book Fair…).
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— Erzsi Deàk is a writer, agent and the founder of the Hen&ink Literary Studio. Her book with Kristin Litchman, PERIOD PIECES: STORIES FOR GIRLS (HarperCollins US 2003) was a Bank Street Best Book (starred) and a NYPL Women in Books for the Teenage choice. She updates her website periodically (www.ErzsiDeak.com) and the Hen&ink site (www.henandink.com) during various cycles of the moon.