Delhi 2014

Six eventful years have passed since the first edition of Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival got off to a promising start in November 2008. Thanks to your support and love, it has been an exhilarating time for us as, we hope, it has been for you too.

The festival is back with its 7th edition and, as we set sail again, on board is an exciting line-up (download schedule) of writers, illustrators, poets, storytellers and crafts people. This year, expect even more sparkling sessions, both at the main festival and during the outreach, Bookaroo in the City. Watch out for BOOKART – the exhibition of artwork by 10 well-known children’s books illustrators. This year, the exhibition will be held in the Triveni Art Gallery (Tansen Marg) from November 11th to November 25th. All are welcome.

Block your dates for the main festival at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) on November 29th and 30th. Eighty-three speakers will be with you to celebrate the joy of books and literature. We have lined up 99 delightful sessions for the weekend.

Meet your favourite author or illustrator, participate in workshops, listen to enthralling stories from all over the world or just craft your way through the day. It’s your weekend.

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  • A J LOW

    A.J. Low is a husband-and-wife writing team! Adan Jimenez is Mexican-American and Felicia Low-Jimenez is Singaporean. Together they write the Sherlock Sam detective series. They also enjoy writing about robots, cowboys, superheroes and sofas!
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  • AJ Low

    A.J. Low is a husband-and-wife writing team! Adan Jimenez is Mexican-American and Felicia Low-Jimenez is Singaporean. Together they write the Sherlock Sam detective series. They also enjoy writing about robots, cowboys, superheroes and sofas!
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  • A RAMACHANDRAN

    A Ramachandran has been an illustrator for over five decades. His children’s books have been published in countries all over the world. He is the winner of many prestigious awards, both national and international.
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  • Aanchal Broca K...

    Aanchal Broca Kumar is a writer and editor. Her body of work is richly diverse, spanning travel and tourism, children’s education as well as several articles for magazines on health and wellness.

  • Abhijit & Sharmi...

    Raconteuring comes easy to journalists, and Abhijit has been crafting stories – in print, audio-visual, and even going ‘live’ when in the mood – for some three decades.
    Sharmila Sinha is a writer who bonds with the envroinment, using the magic of images and words to take children on a voyage of discovery.

  • Ajanta GUHATHAKU...

    Ajanta Guhathakurta worked as an Art Director at Penguin India before becoming a full-time illustrator for children’s books and a painter in 2012.
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  • Andaleeb WAJID

    Andaleeb used to write restaurant reviews but that made her hungry all the time so she went back to writing books. She has two sons, one obsessed with his hairdo, the other known as Captain Bossypants.
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  • Andrew HOFFLAND

    A school teacher for 20 years, London born Andrew Hoffland was raised in China, Russia and the UK. He quit teaching 10 years back and is currently a voice-over artiste and actor.

  • Anitha BALACHAND...

    Anitha Balachandran makes a precarious living as an award-winning film maker and illustrator. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. Her present preoccupations include stories about animals, stories for and about children and of old people.

  • Ankon Mitra

    Ankon is an architect, and loves the folded geometry hidden within plants, leaves and flowers. He calls himself a folder and folds everything he can get his hands on – paper, cardboard, plastic, fabric and metal for his Origami and Kirigami creations.

  • Anupa Lal

    Anupa Lal has written more than 20 books for children, but she enjoys telling stories much more than writing them.

  • Anuradha MAJUMDA...

    Anuradha Majumdar had no intention of writing YA stuff. She was busy writing for adults and working with the Auroville Dance Lab, when an owl butted in and the Infinity adventures took off.
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  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has written more than twenty-five books for children, many of which have been published internationally and several of which have won international awards. Her books include picture books in verse, retelling of folk tales, chapter books and non-fiction.

  • Archit TANEJA

    Archit is a software engineer who lives in Bangalore. His hobbies include doodling, hibernating on weekends, thinking about the idea of recycling and eating soup sticks. He’s new to writing and says he is enjoying it!

  • Archit Taneja

    Archit is a software engineer who lives in Bangalore. His hobbies include doodling, hibernating on weekends, thinking about the idea of recycling and eating soup sticks. He’s new to writing and says he is enjoying it!

  • Arefa TEHSIN

    Playing with snakes, exploring caves and treading jungles has always delighted Arefa Tehsin as much as writing. Honorary Wildlife Warden, Arefa is columnist and author of fiction and non-fiction books. Travel is her chronic disorder.
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  • Arunava SINHA

    Arunava Sinha eats children who don’t like reading books; feeds children who do, all the food their parents don’t want them to read; translates books from Bengali into English because children like that; can’t sing.
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  • Arunava Sinha

    Arunava Sinha eats children who don’t like reading books; feeds children who do, all the food their parents don’t want them to read; translates books from Bengali into English because children like that; can’t sing.
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  • Bhakti MATHUR

    Bhakti Mathur, a writer, mother, banker and distance runner – started the ‘Amma Tell Me’ series in 2011 as a project to introduce her kids to Indian festivals and mythology.
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  • Bharati Jagannat...

    Bharati Jagannathan teaches History at Miranda House and writes fiction and poetry. She is deeply interested in birds and trees and enjoys telling stories, particularly the Ramayana.

  • Chihiro - Michik...

    Chihiro Art Museum is a picture book museum in Japan. It has a collection of original illustrations of Japanese picture book artist Chihiro Iwasaki, as well as of artists from all over the world.

  • Chitra SOUNDAR

    Chitra hails from India, resides in London and lives in imaginary worlds weaved out of stories. She has written over 20 books for children. The blue plaques of London streets and museums are her inspiration.
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  • Chitra Soundar

    Chitra hails from India, resides in London and lives in imaginary worlds weaved out of stories. She has written over 20 books for children. The blue plaques of London streets and museums are her inspiration.
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  • Deepa Agarwal

    Deepa Agarwal has written more than 40 books for children. She tirelessly promotes children’s books and has receievd several prestigious awards for her writing.
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  • Devdutt PATTANAI...

    Devdutt Pattanaik feels stories are like eclair sweets with the chocolate locked inside. He writes on ancient stories to reveal the idea-chocolate within them.
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  • Devendra Mewari

    Devendra Mewari has been associated with popular science writing for the last 45 years. Apart from publishing over 1500 articles and 17 books he has appeared on radio talks and written screenplays for science programmes on TV and won numerous awards.

  • Devika Rangachar...

    Devika Rangachari is an award-winning children’s writer who is pursuing her post-doctoral research in Indian history from the University of Delhi. Devika is usually found wandering somewhere in the past but can be brought back by many things, including chocolate.

  • Divik RAMESH

    Divik Ramesh is a professor, writer, poet and translator in Hindi. He has written 40 books for children and won both national and international awards.

  • Divik Ramesh

    Divik Ramesh is a professor, writer, poet and translator in Hindi. He has written 40 books for children and won both national and international awards.
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  • Eileen BROWNE

    Eileen Browne writes and illustrates picture books. Her main characters are female because in British picture books, males outnumber females by two to one. Is it the same in India? Eileen loves doing book events with children.

  • Eileen Browne

    Eileen Browne writes and illustrates picture books. Her main characters are female because in British picture books, males outnumber females by two to one. Is it the same in India? Eileen loves doing book events with children.

  • Flavour of Art F...

    Flavour of Art Foundation was set up in 2011 by alumni of the Delhi College of Art. Its mission is to unlock the creativity in everyone, regardless of age, gender or profession.
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  • Gabrielle WANG

    Gabrielle Wang discovered her first novel in a dream and has been writing ever since. She is an award winning Australian author and illustrator whose novels blend Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy.
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  • Gabrielle Wang

    Gabrielle Wang discovered her first novel in a dream and has been writing ever since. She is an award winning Australian author and illustrator. Her novels are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy.
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  • Giti Chandra

    Prof Giti Chandra has a PhD in theories of violence, years of being a violinist, soprano and conductor, two kids, a day job teaching in college, sleepless nights writing, three books out of which only two are read by anyone interesting, a pair of boots that all but walk for her and a black hat.

  • Hema Guha

    Hema Guha is a visual artist, illustrator and writer. She works in mixed media using recycled products like buttons, needles, thread and discarded cloth. She enjoys interacting with children and sharing stories with them.

  • Henning WAGENBRE...

    Henning Wagenbreth works as an illustrator and graphic designer, makes his own typefaces, illustrates and designs books, posters, newspapers and magazines, in sizes between postage stamps and giant hangers.
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  • Henning Wagenbre...

    Henning Wagenbreth works as an illustrator and graphic designer, makes his own typefaces, illustrates and designs books, posters, newspapers and magazines, in sizes between postage stamps and giant hangers.
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  • Himanjali SANKAR

    Himanjali Sankar writes about superdogs and super-young-people who will eventually change the world as we know it. She was shortlisted for the Crossword Award for Children’s Writing last year, which she suspects happened because she really is very short

  • Himanjali Sankar

    Himanjali Sankar writes about superdogs and super-young-people who will eventually change the world as we know it. She was shortlisted for the Crossword Award for Children’s Writing last year which she suspects happened because she really is very short

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher. She enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin and creating art aroundthem. She loves pushing the boundaries of books. 

  • Jagdish JOSHI

    Jagdish Joshi is a doyen of the world of children’s books illustrations. A graduate of the Art College, Kolkata, he worked for the Children’s Book Trust. He has won the Noam Concourse award of Japan.

  • Jamila GAVIN

    Jamila Gavin has been writing stories, novels and plays for children for thirty years. Believing that children have a right to see their mirror image in books, she is well known in Britain for reflecting its multiculturalism.
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  • Jamila Gavin

    Jamila Gavin has been writing stories, novels and plays for children for thirty years. Believing that children have a right to see their mirror image in books, she is well known in Britain for reflecting its multiculturalism.
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  • Janaki Galappatt...

    Janaki Galappatti is a biologist and educationist from Sri Lanka, who has read and told stories to children for as long as she can remember. Janaki firmly believes in the joy and benefits of both being read to and reading .

  • Jitendra THAKUR

    Jitendra is a young artist who loves to paint for children, He has participated in many national and international exhibitions.

  • Judy BALAN

    Judy Balan, an over-thinking parent of an over-thinking child, writes, heads a creative team and eats too much Nutella. Reality overwhelms her at times, which is why she enjoys making stuff up.

  • Julia WAUTERS

    Julia Wauters is a French author and illustrator. She lives near the Atlantic Ocean, where she finds inspiration to write and illustrate children’s books, draw illustrations for newspapers and animate workshops with children, among other things!
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  • Julia Wauters

    Julia Wauters is a French author and illustrator. She lives near the Atlantic Ocean, where she finds inspiration to write and illustrate children’s books, draw illustrations for newspapers and animate workshops with children, among other things!
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  • K. E. Priyamvada

    K.E. Priyamvada has over 14 years of experience in publishing and content development. She won Mastermind India, a solo quiz contest, telecast on BBC World, in 2000. Her first book Animal Antics, was published in 2013.

  • Kari STAI

    Kari Stai is an award-winning Norwegian children’s writer and illustrator, whose books have been translated into several languages. In her stories she likes to play with logic and philosophical questions.
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  • Kate DARNTON

    Kate Darnton’s first novel for children was published this year. She is the mother of three daughters and divides her time between India, America and The Netherlands.

  • Kavita Singh KAL...

    Kavita Singh Kale is a versatile award winning media professional. With a decade of experience in content creation in publication and film industry, she has handled broadcast design, writings and illustration for picture books, music videos to short films.

  • Kim McArthur

    Kim McArthur’s horoscope insisted she would be a “ballerina, bulldoze-driver, trapeze artist.”She was devastated since she had planned on being a desert-princess-turned bandit. Truth is,she is a shape-shifter… and telling stories is a delightful way!

  • Kshama SHARMA

    Kshama Sharma is a writer, editor and senior fellow at the cultural ministry. She had written over 50 books and and received many awards.

  • Kusumlata Singh

    Author, storyteller, translator and editor of Hindi literary magazine, Parinda. Kusumlata Singh wears all these hats with aplomb. She also does some freelance writing.

  • Lucy HAWKING

    Lucy Hawking is a British journalist and author of a series of adventure stories based on science, which she co-authored with her father, Professor Stephen Hawking, with the aim of bringing complex science to younger audiences.
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  • Maria L DENJONGP...

    Maria L. Denjongpa is an American who shares her passion for reading aloud with her students at Taktse International School in Sikkim.

  • 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.

  • Natasha SHARMA

    Natasha’s childhood featured dogs, rabbits, horses, buffaloes and the occasional squirrel. She graduated in Maths, did an MBA, worked as a brand manager, and is now happily doing what she loves most – writing books for children.
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  • Navin Menon & Su...

    Navin Menon would have loved to be a Cow but became an Editor instead! Now she chews up manuscripts – and her nails.
    Subir Roy enjoys drawing everything sweet and cute, resulting, according to his doc, in high sugar, so ”No bananas” for him. His favourite fruit -imagine. What choice does he have but to go bananas… over his Art.

  • Oliver PHOMMAVAN...

    Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh as an author or as a comedian. He’s also a teacher and a massive nerd who geeks out with video games and comics. His hero is Sonic the Hedgehog!
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  • Oliver Phommavan...

    Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh as an author or as a comedian. He’s also a teacher and a massive nerd who geeks out with video games and comics. His hero is Sonic the Hedgehog.
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  • Payal DHAR

    Payal Dhar’s flights of fancy help her seek out new life and civilisation—mostly in her fantasy novels. She has written many books and numerous short stories for both big and little people.
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  • Prayag SHUKLA

    Prayag Shukla is a Sahitya Akademi winner, a well-known poet, art critic, editor and author of books in Hindi fiction for adults and children.

  • Prayag Shukla

    Prayag Shukla is a Shahitya Akademi awrad winner, a well-known poet, art critic, editor and author of books in Hindi fiction for adults and children.

  • Priya KURIYAN

    Priya Kuriyan is a children’s book illustrator, comic book artist and an animator. She currently lives and works in New Delhi, chasing its pigeons and making funny caricatures of its residents in her sketch books.
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  • Rabani Garg

    Rabani Garg works extensively with books, stories and children. She designs and conducts reading programmes at schools and libraries, runs Reading Caterpillar, writes for and is a founding member of the new children’s magazine – Thinkling.

  • Ranjit Lal

    Ranjit Lal has written over 30 books, for adults (who are children) and children, both fiction and non-fiction. Several of his books have used animals/birds/insects as their main protagonists.

  • Renu Chauhan

    Renu Chauhan is a social worker, environmentalist and writer of over 30 books. She has won several awards and runs her own NGO.

  • Richa Jha

    As a picture book enthusiast, editor and writer Richa Jha has taken her passion to a new level by just turning publisher for these.

  • Rishi Kumar

    Rishi Kumar is an artist and an illustrator. After several years working with various media, publishing and advertising  companies he decided to set up his own publishing house.
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  • Rita DAS

    Rita Das is an experienced senior Pre-Primary School teacher with a deeply rooted sense of fun who makes use of everyday bits and pieces to create exciting crafts for the very young.

  • Ritu Khoda & Van...

    Ritu Khoda left the corporate rat race to found Art1st in 2009. She figured that she would rather have her head full of racing thoughts on how to transform art education in India.
    Vanita Pai joined Manipal’s School of Communication wanting to be a news anchor, but her mentor was convinced she was better at writing than talking. She capitulated, started her writing career in a sulk but finally came around.
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  • Ritu Khoda & Van...

    Ritu Khoda left the corporate rat race to found Art1st in 2009. She figured that she would rather have her head full of racing thoughts on how to transform art education in India.
    Vanita Pai joined Manipal’s School of Communication wanting to be a news anchor, but her mentor was convinced she was better at writing than talking. She capitulated, started her writing career in a sulk but finally came around.
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  • Rituparna GHOSH

    Rituparna caught the oral bug when she started telling stories to her son. She discovered the child in her and has decided to never grow up again! Always a storyteller, Rituparna in her past life was a visual storyteller producing television documentaries, investigative shows and biographies for a news network.
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  • Rituparna Ghosh

    Rituparna caught the oral bug when she started telling stories to her son. In her past life she produced shows for a news network but having discovered the child in herself has decided never to grow up.
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  • Rui SOUSA

    Rui Sousa is an animation filmmaker, writer, illustrator and painter from Portugal whose passion is painting. His ambition is to fly to the moon, but despite his best efforts his space shuttles remain firmly on the page!
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  • Rui Sousa

    Rui Sousa is an animation filmmaker, writer, illustrator and painter from Portugal whose passion is painting. His ambition is to fly to the moon, but despite his best efforts his space shuttles remain firmly on the page!
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  • Rupa GULAB

    Rupa Gulab is a columnist and the author of four novels. She is seriously addicted to chocolate, chips and colas. Fortunately, no doctor has managed to cure her—so far.

  • Sagari CHHABRA

    Sagari Chhabra is an author, poet, playwright and an award winning filmmaker. She is also Sachi’s mum, who tediously helped her mummy through this wonderful book.
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  • Samit BASU

    Samit Basu was bitten by a radioactive mosquito but fortunately didn’t turn into a superhero, just wrote books and comics. His body, made from recycled paper, is remotely operated by aliens lost in India after being given wrong directions.
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  • Sara LUNDBERG

    Sara Lundberg is an award winning writer/illustrator,who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She received her BFA at Mac Daniel College, USA. She has illustrated over 30 picture-books since her debut in 2009.
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  • Sara Lundberg

    Sara Lundberg is an award winning writer/illustrator,who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She received her BFA at Mac Daniel College, USA. She has illustrated over 30 picture-books since her debut in 2009.
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  • Shalini Tayal

    A storyteller and a trainer, Shalini grew up on a diet of tales and started cooking stories for her son, Ojas which she now serves to all, big or small.

  • Shallu JINDAL

    Shallu Jindal’s interests encompass classical dance, art & culture, interior design and decoration and social activism. Recently, she successfully scaled the highest summit of Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – as part of a cancer awareness programme.

  • Sharada Kolluru

    Sharada Kolluru is a film script writer who enjoys painting. She feels strongly that each one of us has a story to tell, including herself . Korika was the book that gave her the title of  author and was followed by more books.

  • Shashi SHETYE

    Shashi Shetye is a cartoonist, illustrator and calligrapher, who has won many prestigious awards. He runs his own independent design studio but his favourite challenge is illustrating children’s books.

  • Shashi Shetye

    Shashi Shetye is a cartoonist, illustrator and calligrapher, who has won many prestigious awards. He runs his own independent design studio but his favourite challenge is illustrating children’s books.
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  • Shiv Nayal SINGH

    With almost 30 years’ experience, Shiv Singh Nayal has helped train over 50 NGOs in northern India in puppetry and theatre. He and his team, with a little help from their amazing hand puppets, bring stories alive.

  • Shreya Biswas

    Shreya is a firm believer in the power of stories. Watching children lose themselves in stories, as she weaves her tales, is her ultimate joy. She spreads the magic of stories through her initiative Katharangam.

  • Shweta Mohapatra

    Shweta is an illustrator and animator and has worked in Gali Gali Sim Sim. She loves to illustrate and draw animals of all shapes and sizes and also fantasizes about time travel back in time.

  • Sister Jean Sloc...

    Sister Jean Slocombe,a mother of 5 and grandmother of 12, is known as the “Storylady” in her home in Canada. Jean combines a love of children and storytelling in her puppet performances for audiences at schools,hospitals, parties and fairs.

  • Sonali Biswas

    Sonali Biswas is an award-winning illustrator and freelance artist. She has participated in any national and international exhibitions and workshops.

  • Suroopa Mukherje...

    Suroopa Mukherjee is a college teacher of English Literature, a children’s storyteller and a write for anybody – from 9-90 – who is interested.

  • Suvidha Mistry

    Suvidha Mistry worked first as a graphic designer in media and advertising, then as a teacher. Now she is living her dream as an illustrator of children’s books.
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  • The Storywallahs...

    Ameen ul Haque is the founder of The Storywallahs – a storytelling company. He is a storyteller, story coach, teacher and trainer. He sings, plays the harmonica and tells stories that you will remember for a long time.
    Ameen ul Haque is the founder of The Storywallahs – a storytelling company. He is a storyteller, story coach, teacher and trainer. He sings, plays the harmonica and tells stories that you will remember for a long time.
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  • The Storywallahs...

    Ameen ul Haque is the founder of The Storywallahs – a storytelling company. He is a storyteller, story coach, teacher and trainer. He sings, plays the harmonica and tells stories that you will remember for a long time.
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  • The Storywallahs...

    Champa Saha is a teacher, special educator and counsellor who has been reading, listening to and telling stories ever since she can remember. She loves to share the power of stories with everyone, especially emotionally disturbed children.
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  • The Storywallahs...

    Champa Saha is a teacher, special educator and counsellor who has been reading, listening to and telling stories ever since she can remember. She loves to share the power of stories with everyone, especially emotionally disturbed children.
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  • Tohby RIDDLE

    Tohby Riddle is the creator of numerous award-winning picture books, two cartoon collections, and a novel. His latest title, an ambitious 128-page picture book called Unforgotten, has been published in many languages.
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  • Tohby Riddle

    Tohby Riddle is the creator of numerous award-winning picture books, two cartoon collections, and a novel. His latest title, an ambitious 128-page picture book called Unforgotten, is being published in many languages throughout the world.
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  • Tomoko Kikuchi

    Tomoko Kikuchi completed her B.A. to PhD Hindi literature in JNU in 2005. An awardee at the 9th World Hindi Conference in South Africa in 2012. She translated famous Japanese books of Hiroshima story,as “Hiroshima ka dard”, “niirav sandhya ka shahar, sakura ka desh”, etc… She currently lives in India and writes articles and translations in Hindi and Japanese.

  • Tripurari SHARMA

    Tripurari Sharma is a professor of Drama at the National School of Drama (NSD) and an award-winning theatre professional. She has written and directed numerous plays including children’s productions.

  • Valentina TRIVED...

    Valentina Trivedi believes that pebbles and teapots have feelings too. When she is not telling stories, she is busy weaving tales about everything around her. She has been a script writer, film maker and copy writer.

  • Vandana BIST

    Vandana Bist graduated from the College of Art, Delhi, writes and illustrates books. She has won the Noma Award from Japan and the Katha Award.
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  • Vishakha CHANCHA...

    Vishakha Chanchani is an artistic explorer. With a Masters in Illustration from MS University, Baroda, she has written and illustrated books for children and been an art educator and workshop facilitator for over 25 years.

  • Vivek MENON

    Vivek Menon is a wildlife conservationist, author and photographer with a passion for elephants. As Founder and Executive Director of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), his mission is to help conserve wildlife and its habitats.

  • Wendy COOLING

    Wendy Cooling has been involved in a range of projects to promote reading not only in the UK but worldwide. A true Book Dabbler!

  • Wendy Cooling

    Wendy Cooling has been involved in a range of projects to promote reading not only in the UK but worldwide. A true Book Dabbler!