15 - 17 November 2023
Vilnius, Lithuania


Children's Literature
Industry Days


15-17 November

Attention all children’s authors and illustrators, agents and publishers, students and professionals! CREATOR ISLAND: Children’s Literature Industry Days return to Vilnius UNESCO City of Literature on 15–17 November 2023.

CREATOR ISLAND offers three days of lectures, training sessions and networking opportunities for those working or interested in the children’s book industry.


CREATOR ISLAND’23 will focus on urban culture and city narratives in children’s literature. The event is dedicated to the 700th anniversary of Vilnius and this year’s slogan is Cities that nurture kids and books. CREATOR ISLAND’23 is organized in partnership with the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, IBBY Latvia and the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk, Poland.


  • Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library

  • Vilnius Literary House

  • Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts

  • Vilnius University

  • Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania


Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka

Illustrator, poster artist, assistant professor at the Studio of Publishing Illustration at the University of Arts in Poznań.

Luīze Pastore

Writer, author of more than 10 books for young readers.

Anti Saar

Writer and translator. Graduated from the University of Tartu in semiotics. Translated over 30 works from French into Estonian. Author of 10 highly popular children’s books.

Maciej Byliniak

Editor-in-chief at Dwie Siostry Publishing. Since 2008 Maciej has worked with many authors and illustrators whose creations are shaping children's book art in Poland today.

Greta Alice

or, comic book lover and creator. Illustrated over 40 children's books.
Avid backpacker.

Nerijus Čivilis

Lithuania / Spain
Concept artist, creator of visual worlds for games and animation.

David Schilter

Founder of kuš! comics in Latvia. 16 years of publishing alternative comics from all around the world.

Ilona Martson

Editor-in-chief of Täheke children’s magazine for 20 years. Translated or edited nearly 30 children’s books and 20 novels for adults.

More to be announced soon!
Alvar Jaakson

Creative director, copywriter, illustrator and founder of Utopia creative agency

Lina Itagaki

Illustrator, comics artist,
publisher (Misteris Pinkmanas)


November 15


Public lectures by guest speakers at Vilnius University and Vilnius Academy of Arts

Public lecture with Latvian children’s & YA author Luīze Pastore
Venue: Vilnius University, Faculty of Philology

Public lecture and creative workshop with Polish illustrator
Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka
Venue: Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of Graphic Art

Free entry but registration required (to be announced late October)

Discussion about children’s literature magazines
Venue: Vilnius Literary House (Vilniaus literatų namai)

Sharing their success stories and challenges will be
Ilona Martson,
editor-in-chief at Täheke magazine (EE) and Virgis Šidlauskas,
editor-in-chief at Laimiukas magazine (LT). The event will be moderated by children’s literature expert Eglė Baliutavičiūtė.

Free entry

November 16


Lectures, Q&A sessions, skill-sharing activities

Anti Saar (EE) will talk about finding original ideas for children’s books, publishers Maciej Byliniak (Dwie Siostry, PL) and Sigita Pūkienė (Aukso žuvys, LT) will give some practical advice, illustrator Greta Alice (LT) will share her experiences at artist residencies and their benefits, while concept artist Nerijus Čivilis (LT/ESP) will discuss the role of AI in the world of visual and text.

Venue: Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library
Tickets available early October

Exhibition launch at Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

Telling the City will showcase works by Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and Polish illustrators.

Venue: Martynas Mažvydas National Library
Free entry

November 17


Illustrator portfolio reviews and CREATOR EVENING

CREATOR EVENING will be filled with inspirational stories from illustrator and publisher
Lina Itagaki (Misteris Pinkmanas, LT), children’s author Luīze Pastore (LV), illustrator Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka (PL) as well as David Schilter (LV), publisher of kuš! comics.

Venue: Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library
Tickets available early October.

The event will conclude with a joint party!
Time and venue to be confirmed


Kotryna Zylė

Writer, Illustrator,
Founder of Creator Island

Justinas Vancevičius

Head of literature promotion program
"Vaikų žemė (Children's World)",
Founder of Creator Island

Greta Alice

Illustrator, Comics artist,
Coordinator of Creator Island

Rūta Lazauskaitė

Coordinator of Creator Island

Illustration: Simona Jurčiukonytė
Design: Miglė Vasiliauskaitė, Iveta Sendžiukaitė
Communication: Andželika Rimkuvienė,
Jurga Tumasonytė Translation: Audronė Kvietkutė
Event organised by

Centre for School Improvement,
Reading promotion programme Children’s World,
Lithuanian Culture Institute.


Estonian Children’s Literature Centre,
IBBY Latvia,
Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk, Poland,

IBBY Lithuania,
Lithuanian Publishers Association,
Vilnius UNESCO City of Literature,
Vilniaus Academy of Arts,
Vilnius University Philology Faculty,
MRU Institute of Humanities,
Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library,
Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania,
Lithuanian Writers’ Union,
Literatūra ir menas, 370 magazine.

Financially supported by

Lithuanian Council for Culture,
Vilnius Municipality,
Polish Institute Vilnius.