Violeta Palčinskaitė (b. 1943 in Kaunas, Lithuania) is a poet, play-right and translator. From 1960 to 1964 she studied at the Faculty of History and Philology of Vilnius University.

She started writing poetry for adults in 1958 and made her debut in children’s literature in 1965. She is a member of the Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 1964. She has published around 25 books for the little readers – poems, plays and fairytales. Her plays-tales have been staged by several Lithuanian theatres, as well as the theatres in Moscow, Kiev, Lvov, Minsk, Tbilisi and Helsinki.

Her translations from the English language include works by the world’s celebrated writers Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket, Kate Di Camillo, Jacqueline Wilson as well as pieces of the British children’s folklore.

In 1978 the writer was awarded the Lithuanian State Prize for the book Home Sweet Home. Her collection of poems Dolls of the Old Town was on the IBBY Honour List of 1988. In 2009 Palčinskaitė was decorated with the Gold Medal of the World Intellectual Property Organization for her outstanding achievement in children’s literature and poetry.

Selected bibliography

Žirnių namelis (Pea Cottage): [poems], Vilnius: Vaga 1965.

Einu per miestą (I’m Wandering the Town): [poems], Vilnius: Vaga 1966.

Baltosios nykštukės (The Fair Elves): [poems], Vilnius: Vaga, 1970.

Namai namučiai (Home Sweet Home): [poems], Vilnius: Vaga 1977.

Kristiano Anderseno rožė (Christian Andersen’s Rose): [plays], Vilnius: Vaga 1978.

Lietaus nykštukai (Rain Elves): [poems], Vilnius: Vaga 1980.

Aš vejuos vasarą (Achasing Summer): [plays] Vilnius: Vaga 1982.

Senamiesčio lėlės (Dolls of the Old Town): [poems], Vilnius: Vyturys 1987.

Sapnų taškuota sraigė (A Dotted Lady Bird of Dreams): [poems], Vilnius: Vaga 1997.

Skersgatvio palangės (Window Sills of a Back Alley): [selection of poems and plays], Vilnius: Alma littera 2003.

Karalius pamiršo raidyną (The King Has Forgotten the Alphabet); [poems – ABC], Vilnius: Alma littera, 2007.

Stebuklinga Mocarto fleita (The Magic Mozart’s Flute), [tale], Vilnius: Kronta 2008.

Po kabančiu pasakos tiltu (Under a Hanging Bridge of a Fairytale): [poems], Vilnius: Gimtasis žodis, 2010.