Talent development programme

Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia & Germany

1/02/2020- 23/10/2022

This programme guides six talented writers and illustrators from six different European countries to produce inclusive stories for children. Each participant is matched to a mentor, who is an experienced author or illustrator. During the programme, the participants follow workshops and online masterclasses to deepen their knowledge of inclusive storytelling.


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The online masterclasses are available here >>

Library workshops


2020 - 2021

(Partially) postponed due to COVID-19

In 2020 & 2021, Every Story Matters organises 15 workshops for librarians and teachers. In various libraries in Portugal we will focus on bibliodiversity. How can reading mediators offer a plurality of voices to their readers? What limitations do they face?


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School workshops

Germany, Berlin

March - November 2020

5 workshops in digital storytelling, training around 50 children and young adults. 

Each student will create a short story on an A4 paper, combining drawing, collage, text writing, and multimedia content using the augmented reality technique. The workshop gives the students a basic understanding of digital narratives, storytelling, and the importance of inclusion.


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B2B meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020

Germany, Frankfurt

Thursday 15th of October, 10-12 AM
Canceled due to COVID-19

A networking session for international publishers interested in the exchange of quality books for children and young adults with an emphasis on inclusion.

In the meantime, discover our online B2B alternative! >>

Presentation of inclusion charter at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020

Germany, Frankfurt

14/10/2020 - 18/10/2020

Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19

Offering book professionals a charter text and specific tools to work on inclusion.

3-days fellowship for international book professionals

Slovene Book Fair, Ljubljana

Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19

Visitor’s programme inviting publishers to discover the project and its selected talents.

B2B meeting Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2021

Italy, Bologna

14/06/2021 - 17/06/2021

Presentation of the progress of our activities and our talents to a professional audience.

Author events at Zagreb Book Festival 2021

Croatia, Zagreb

24/05/2021 - 29/05/2021

Zagreb Book Festival 2021. will feature a whole program line dedicated to pointing out the importance of inclusion in literature. This will be done through organizing several events such as panel discussion themed Books: windows and mirrors of the world or as author events with an established inclusive writer presenting his work and sharing his/her experiences about this field of literature.

Inclusive books presentation and author events in schools, libraries, and bookstores


Croatia, Zagreb

24/05/2021 - 29/05/2021

Throughout the festival week, several events with diverse authors will be organized in Zagreb schools, libraries, and bookstores. The idea behind them is to share experiences, teach about the importance of tolerance, the role of inclusive books in developing tolerance and empathy and motivate young people from minority groups to create and others to consume this kind of literature.

Book pitching at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Germany, Frankfurt

20/10/2021 - 24/10/2021

The writers and illustrators that participated in our Talent Development Programme will get the chance to present their new, inclusive stories to an audience of international publishers and other organizations within the literary field.

Author events at Zagreb Book Festival 2022

Croatia, Zagreb

23/05/2022 - 28/05/2022

The promotion of manuscripts created by participants of the Talent development program will be promoted at Zagreb Book Festival 2022. All of the participants and mentors will have an opportunity to talk about their experiences working in the program and read or show parts of their work. 

Author events in schools, libraries, and bookstores

Croatia, Zagreb

23/05/2022 - 28/05/2022

All of the participants will have an opportunity to talk about their experiences working in the program to students, kids, and young adults through several events organized in schools, libraries, and bookstores. This kind of communication will be more intimate and will potentially allow significant exchange between authors and the audience.

Presentation of the stories produced by the talent development programme at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Germany, Frankfurt

19/10/2022 - 23/10/2022

To finish the Talent Development Programme, the participants will give a multimedia presentation of their inclusive stories. Their stories and books will be pitched to a wider audience of publishers and other interested parties from different countries.

B2B meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2022

Germany, Frankfurt

19/10/2022 - 19/10/2022

Final presentation of the project to a professional audience.

Press conference 

Germany, Frankfurt

20/10/2022 - 20/10/2022

Reporting about our achievements, past activities and possible perspectives for the future.

Past activities

Opening conference

19. Nov. 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 

Lisbon, Portugal.