Dilara Arin is a London based writer, illustrator and puppet maker.
Born in Istanbul/Turkey, Dilara studied music throughout her teenager years. Upon graduation from Istanbul State Conservatory, she moved to the UK to study her childhood passion animation in University College for the Creative Arts. Since then she has had animated shorts screened at multiple festivals and has illustrated books by other authors published in United Kingdom, Turkey, USA, Australia and United Arab Emirates. She has also been designing book covers for Akasa Publications in Turkey for the past decade.
In recent years, Dilara has also been involved in puppetry and puppet making. She performed a Theatre-For-One show in Horse and Bamboo Puppetry Festival following a 3 week residency with the theatre. Most recently, she has designed and made the “Porro” puppet for Tricolore Theatre’s upcoming bilingual English/Italian children’s play “A Boy Called Porro” and held a puppet making workshop for children.
Dilara is currently working on her next picture book.