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Karolina Olchowska

picturebooks and more 


I'm a graduate of English Language and Literature at the University of Wrocław, where I specialized in picturebooks. My master's thesis focused on the image of migrants and refugees in these works.

I'm interested in how picturebooks can bring people of different ethnic and age groups closer together. 

My Work


Granny Makes Me Grumpy
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A bilingual picturebook about accepting and loving the person who raises us as they are. It tells a story about a special relationship between a granny and her granddaughter. 

The book is kindly supported by Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny and Donegal County Council.



Granny Makes Me Grumpy—A Bilingual Picturebook Workshop

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This workshop uses a bilingual picturebook Granny Makes Me Grumpy, written and illustrated by Karolina Olchowska. Through the activities connected with Granny Makes Me Grumpy the workshop teaches about appreciation of the person who raises us as they are. The participants will listen to the author read the story in English, practice visual literacy, indulge in creativity by making portraits of their loved ones and take a grumpy group photo. 

Workshops during Wainfest 2022


Tydzien Polski, London

Issue published on 18/08/2023

"Granny Makes Me Grumpy” appeared in an article in one of the most popular Polish newspapers in Britain. 

Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

"New children’s picture book inspired by grandmother."

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Donegal Woman

"New picture book paints a thousand words about a granny's love."

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Donegal Daily

"Letterkenny-Polish author publishes bilingual book for children."

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Donegal Live

"Donegal-based Polish writer publishes bilingual childrens book."

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It was so exciting to be able to talk about my bilingual picture book with Greg Hughes on the Polish Grandmother's Day.

Art making


I create digital artworks and also enjoy working with watercolours.

I am also into digicam photography (you can see more of that on my instagram: victoria_alder).

Linocut prints

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I design, carve and print witty, cute and gloomy lino prints on tshirts, hoodies, totes and paper.

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