Delhi 2013

It is the big outing-of-the-year for the children of Delhi when Bookaroo comes to town. The children’s literature festival is all set for its sixth edition on November 23 and 24.

Organised by the Bookaroo Trust, this year’s edition of the festival moves to a bigger and more central venue. To be held at the Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) on Rajendra Prasad Road, Bookaroo 2013 has a bigger spread of events than before with a special focus on young adult fiction, this time.

Coming off a very successful outreach programme that ended on November 21, Bookaroo, this year, is spread over 12 venues inside the IGNCA. With 115 sessions and 85 speakers (check out age-wise programme schedule for Delhi at http://www.bookaroo.in/site/delhi/), there will be something for everyone age four upward.

The sessions include storytelling, craft and activities, panel discussions and illustration workshops. Plus, a special gallery of original artwork from 10 of India’s best children’s books illustrators and regular books signing sessions by all the participating authors.

It is a day for celebrating literature and bringing children and books together.

  • Amar Chitra Kath...

    Amar Chitra Katha was founded in 1967 by Anant Pai to familiarise children with stories from Indian mythology, history, literature and folklore.

  • Ankit CHADA

    Ankit Chadha is a writer and has been a TEDx speaker on Dastangoi – the art form of Urdu storytelling. He loves working with children, and seeks to have fun while learning with them.

  • Ankur MITRA

    Ankur Mitra has been an artist with CBT for over a decade. Besides illustrating and designing books for children, he is a professional photographer who has participated in several exhibitions.

  • Cornelia FUNKE

    Cornelia Funke was born in 1958 in Dorsten, Germany. She has written over 50 books, and is published in over 40 languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her children Anna and Ben and her dog Luna.

  • Gen Ian CARDOZO

    Maj Gen Ian Cardozo, a highly decorated Chief of Staff, has seen action in several wars. Wounded in 1971 he lost his leg and now works with various organisations helping others with rehabilitation.

  • Giti CHANDRA

    Giti Chandra is not only a writer but also associate professor at St Stephen’s College, a trained soprano, violinist and choral conductor.

  • Jash SEN

    Jash Sen is a DU, IIM graduate who worked in IT and taught mathematics while dreaming of writing a book. The Wordkeepers is Jash’s first novel.

  • Julia FRIESE

    Julia Friese grew up right beside the Berlin Wall.Having illustrated her first children’s book during her first year in college, she now works as an illustrator and designer in Berlin.

  • K E PRIYAMVADA

    Priyamvada is a debut writer with work experience in academic publishing and web content development. In 2000 she won the solo quiz show Mastermind India.

  • Mariam Karim AHL...

    Mariam Karim Ahlawat writes books and plays for adults and children, runs creative writing workshops and designs multimedia for children. In many of her works she tackles environmental issues.

  • Marjorie SAYER

    Marjorie Sayer was born in Hong Kong to parents of English, Persian, Indian, and Chinese descent. She is happiest reading, writing, playing music or doing mathematics.

  • Michelle FAROOQI

    Michelle Farooqi has worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and visual artist. She paints in the classical realist tradition.

  • Muriel KAKANI

    Muriel Kakani is from Belgium originally but has been living in India for the last 20 years. Her mission is to create awareness about India’s vanishing ecological traditions through the medium of story.

  • Muriel KAKANI

    Muriel Kakani is from Belgium originally but has been living in India for the last 20 years. Her mission is to create awareness about India’s vanishing ecological traditions through the medium of story.

  • Salil Mukhia KWO...

    Salil Mukhia Kwoica is a trained musician who has been documenting and telling stories from the Eastern Himalayan region for over 10 years

  • Salil Mukhia KWO...

    Salil Mukhia Kwoica is a trained musician who has been documenting and telling stories from the Eastern Himalayan region for over 10 years

  • Sally GARDNER

    Sally Gardner, winner of the 2012 Costa Prize and the 2013 Carnegie Medal, was branded “unteachable” until, at 12, she was diagnosed as being severely dyslexic. Sally sees it as a gift, not a disability.

  • Sally GARDNER

    Sally Gardner, winner of the 2012 Costa Prize and the 2013 Carnegie Medal, was branded “unteachable” until, at 12, she was diagnosed as being severely dyslexic. Sally sees it as a gift, not a disability.

  • Sampurna Chattar...

    Sampurna Chattarji is a poet, novelist and translator. Her published titles include two novels and two poetry collections for adults, and several books for children.

  • Sampurna Chattar...

    Sampurna Chattarji is a poet, novelist and translator. Her published titles include two novels and two poetry collections for adults, and several books for children.

  • Sangeeta SETHI

    Sangeeta Sethi is an award winning writer. Her work has been published in leading magazines and newspapers and in recent years broadcast on Akashvani, Bikaner.

  • Sangeeta SETHI

    Sangeeta Sethi is an award winning writer. Her work has been published in leading magazines and newspapers and in recent years broadcast on Akashvani, Bikaner.

  • Saurabh PANDEY

    Saurabh Pandey is a science graduate who took up art. He has been illustrating and designing children’s books with CBT for 12 years. His involvement in theatre helps him with his illustrations.