Deimante Rybakoviene (Lithuania)

How the idea for your silent story was born?

The idea of my book was born when I was spending my days in the picturesque countryside of Lithuania, sitting on the shore of a lake and watching the birds. Later, on the long winter evenings, I remembered my story about the bird again. My first brushstrokes were more like a play. But then I was so deeply immersed I have spent many sleepless nights thinking about how to depict my story.

What's the story about?

This story is about a little grey bird named Grain and his adventures. In this book, I wanted to depict several topics, such as individuality, quite solitude, the power of imagination, dedication and friendship. This story also shows that after the darkest night comes a bright morning…

Why have you decided to enter the contest?

I am interested in the silent book genre. Every time I travel abroad, I visit book fairs or bookstores and look for silent books. These books speak a universal language and every reader interprets them in a different way giving the story individual meaning. Participating in the Silent Book contest was an old dream of mine.


Deimantė is a book designer and an illustrator from Vilnius. She studied Fine Arts at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Immediately after graduation, she started working in a printing house and then became interested in book art. She has designed a lot of books since then. For the last 10 years, she has been working mainly with poetry books. Deimantė has also illustrated several books for children. “Grains Feather” is her first silent book.