March 21, 2019

The Phoenix of Persia: Press Release

Tiny Owl announces new book and music project:

The Phoenix of Persia


A new collaborative multi-disciplinary project with an original composition by Iranian musicians, teacher resources and a programme of nationwide events. The Phoenix of Persia by Sally Pomme Clayton, illustrated by Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif is based on a story from the Shahnameh, one of the great epics of world literature by the 10th century Iranian poet Ferdowsi. The second in Tiny Owl’s One Story, Many Voices series, this story has echoes of Snow White and firebird folklore.

Storytellers in Iran often told stories of the Shahnameh to the accompaniment of music. The Phoenix of Persia introduces original music composed by Iranian musicians Amir Eslami (ney), Nilufar Habibian (qanun), Saeid Kord Mafi (santur), and Arash Moradi (tanbur), set to Sally Pomme Clayton’s stunning narration of this classic tale.

Tiny Owl’s cross-curricular teacher resources explore the Shahnameh as part of a wider introduction to the culture and heritage of Iran with activities on history, art, music, drama, geography and more.

This is a collaboration with Pop Up Projects, City, University of London, HEC Global Learning Centre, Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services, with support from Arts Council England and the Iran Heritage Foundation.

Find more information on our website HERE.

Full press release HERE.