At an event hosted by the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Thomas Nader in Dublin on 26 November 2012, Little Island Books launched their most recent title for older children, Bartolomé: The Infanta’s Pet. A reading by the Dutch-Austrian author Rachel van Kooij was followed by a lively public interview of the author and the editor Dr. Siobhán Parkinson, who also translated the book. Rachel published several books for children and young people, Siobhan is the previous Laureate na nÓg. The interview was conducted by Dr Marian Keyes of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown libraries, president of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature.
The event was supported by IBBY Ireland (International Board on Books for Young People) and attended by its president, Dr Patricia Kennon.
The publication of Bartolomé was supported by the Austrian Ministry of Culture, Ireland Literature Exchange and the Goethe-Institut, Dublin.