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Alicia Dongjoo Bang
Alicia Dongjoo Bang is a professional international storyteller from Korea. She has delighted children and adults with her storytelling performances for years. Her Indian nickname is Story Bommai (doll). She weaves magic into her stories.
Born in 1972 in St. Petersburg, Aljoscha Blau graduated from HAW in Hamburg in Illustration and Graphic Arts and has been working ever since as illustrator for German and international publishers. He has been nominated every year for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award since 2009.
Alka Pandey, a worshipper of the Sun God and Shiva, loves telling a story through words and images. A trained art historian, Dr Pande has found a new thrill and adventure in life through the many myths and stories within Indic tradition and India’s vast visual culture.
Ameen ul Haque
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.
Singapore-based Andy Chua is a 3D artist and an author. He has a collection of dinosaur bones, and gives lectures on prehistoric life in schools, libraries and museums. Fossil Finders is his first children’s book series.
Aniruddha Mukherjee & Mamta Nainy
Aniruddha Mukherjee gets his ideas at the stroke of his really long beard. A painter, illustrator and a photographer, he doodles non-stop, photographs river-sides, and can usually be spotted next to a pile of children’s books. Mamta Nainy is a children’s book editor. She moonlights as a writer and has a number of books to her credit. She loves travelling but is too lazy to do it, so she makes do with reading.
Anitha Balachandran is a professional juggler. She makes animation films, teaches, writes books and illustrates. If you happen to be in Bangalore you may catch sight of her chasing an unrealistic deadline. Anitha loves her watercolours which she now reluctantly shares with her five-year-old son.
Anjana Vasvani is an editor for the Mumbai Mirror and the author of six books for children. Her latest, The Forgotten Princess, is an adaptation of a South Korean folktale about an Indian princess. Anjana enjoys cooking, travel and adventure, and doing pretty much anything that keeps her from growing up.
Aparna Jain is a leadership coach who works in corporate India. Because it is rather serious and emotionally taxing, she does fun stuff like write books and fight for gender equality. Her latest book Like a Girl: Real Stories for Tough Kids is her latest fun project and one she is proud of.
Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and non-fiction from Bangladesh and India into English. Forty-five of his translations have been published so far in India, the UK and the USA. These include books for children and for young adults by Satyajit Ray, Shibram Chakraborty, Moti Nandy and Muhammed Zafar Iqbal. He has won India’s top translation prize, the Crossword Award for translated books, twice. He was born and grew up in Kolkata, and lives and writes in New Delhi, India.
Ayako Watanabe is a Japanese illustrator who loves to explore an imaginary world and express her inner child in form of art. When she is not doodling, she is usually daydreaming or eating chocolates.
Benita Sen is a trash freak and dream of DIY. She has researched a city’s garbage to write a paper on waste but is even happier waiting for a CD to spring a fault so that she can give it a fresh avatar. Twigs, string, ribbon, old socks… she wishes Santa would bring some for her. Till then, she collects her own to turn into new stuff to leave under the tree.
Bongiswa Kotta-Ramushwana has been a storyteller for 14 years and the reason she tells stories is to awake stories in others which leads to a healing process. She has performed for different audiences in and out of South Africa. She loves telling stories to children, she dances and sings with them. She also tells stories on UNISA radio station every Fridays.
As a child Boris Pfeiffer narrated his stories to the asphalt strip in front of the car window during long journeys with his parents. Today he is the author of books, plays and poetry for children and young people.
Based in Spain, Cinta Arribas’ work focuses on people, she likes to imagine stories inspired by different characters. Her work is intense, colorful and expressive; it plays with a subtle sense of humour that highlights the fact that life should always be a little fun.
Devapriya Roy is the author of Indira. She is an alumnus of Presidency College, Kolkata and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she spent nearly a decade in pursuit of a PhD on Bharata’s Natyashastra. She currently teaches creative and academic writing at Ashoka University.
Dorling Kindersley is the world’s leading illustrated reference publisher of high-quality books and online resources for children and adults. Established in 1974 in London, DK produces content in over 87 countries, and in 62 languages.
Gavin Bishop, from New Zealand, is a children’s writer of international, as well as local, reputation. As a picture book author and artist, he has published 70 books that have been translated into twelve languages and won numerous awards. He has also written the libretti for two children’s ballets for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Habib & Shubham
Habib Ali is studying BFA in Gwalior and has been training and illustrating with the Riyaaz Academy in Bhopal. He has illustrated books for many publishers and magazines. Shubham Lakhera is studying BFA in Gwalior and has been training and illustrating with the Riyaaz Academy in Bhopal. He has illustrated books for many publishers and magazines. He also likes humming old Hindi songs.
Ira Saxena is a child psychologist, writer and reviewer of children’s books. She is the recipient of Shankar’s Silver Medal for Writing in 1996. She is the founding member and Secretary of the AWIC.
A seasoned media professional and actor, Janaki Sabesh loves stories – telling, writing and living them. As the founder of Golpo – Tales Unlimited, she mixes stories with theatre, movement, and music and creates magic! She has recently turned author with her book, The Jungle Storytelling Festival, published by Tulika Publishers.
Although a teacher for many years, Jayshree Misra-Tripathi is still a keen student, an observer, learning something new every day and seeking out harmony in the world around her. She enjoys watching plays, listening to music and writing!
Minsu Kwag & Lim Jeong Jin
Minsu Kwag (left) is devoted to writing and illustrating the stories she has been treasuring deep in her heart. Lim Jeong Jin (right) is a children’s television scriptwriter turned professional author, who also performs at storytelling festivals around the world. She is the president of the Korean Board of Books for Young people (Korean Board on Books for Young People).
Joeanna Rebello believes she was once an Old Building – home to a hundred different lives that sang, ate and danced within her. It explains why she’s drawn to old buildings in this life. And why her children’s book, Treasure at the Train Station, has a grand old building at the heart of it – Victoria Terminus! She writes and edits for a living.
Kamal Pruthi, the very own Kabuliwala of kids, the man with the jhola of stories is the only Performance Storyteller in India who writes songs and performs stories in German along with six other Indian languages.
Karishma Mahbubani is a storyteller with an avid love for early childhood education, books, shoes and her family, but not necessarily in that order. She lives by the beach and calls Chennai her home.
Karthika Gopalakrishnan & Sonali Shenoy
Karthika Gopalakrishnan is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns. Sonali Shenoy has a penchant for stories that do not fit in boxes. As a journalist, she has written on a range of topics, including crocodiles in love. The Dog Who Taught Me Math is her first children’s book.
Kristin Roskifte is a Norwegian illustrator and picture book author. She has made eight picture books with topics like crowds, surreal dream homes, queueing and animals with body issues. She is inspired by how different yet alike people are.
Artist, author and Australian children’s Laureate 2016-2017, Leigh Hobbs is the creator of twenty children’s books featuring his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Mr Chicken, Fiona the Pig, Mr Badger and the FREAKS in 4F.
Maneka Gandhi’s special interests include Indian mythology, animal welfare and issues related to environmental conservation.
Meghaa Aggarwal says the funniest things without meaning to, but she’s terrible at telling jokes – mostly because she starts to laugh much before she ends them. She’s deeply inspired by the indomitable spirit of childhood.
Meredith Costain grew up in Australia with a head full of stories and poems. Now she writes books for children. Funny books, scary books, books about animals with rhythm and rhyme.
Qissago Padma is an actor, director, writer and trainer. As a budding Qissago, she likes stories that are magical yet real, that are sad, yet full of joy, that are naughty and mischievous yet kind and caring, that are scary yet full of wonder. And just because she can, she uses song and dance.
Pow Aim Hailowng
Pow Aim Hailowng is a huge fan of the Marvel movies. She thinks she would have excelled in astronomy at Hogwarts and is all for stargazing. Pow is pursuing a PhD in international legal studies from JNU.
Proiti Roy illustrates for children’s books. A winner of the BLBA Illustrators Award 2017, she also helps animals who are ill, hurt or in trouble. She loves to sit at her desk – illustrating, surrounded by dogs she rescued, with a hot cup of tea. She is the winner of Tata Trust’s Big Little Book Award (Illustrator) for 2017.
Rahul Kansal, a 61-year-old corporate executive, is an unlikely person to be writing these cock-and-bull animal tales for children. It was his two daughters (now in their twenties) who urged him to pen these fantasy-filled tales he once concocted for them at bedtime.
Rituparna Ghosh caught the oral bug when she started telling stories to her son. A professional storyteller, trainer and consultant, she has discovered the child in herself and has decided never to grow up again!
Qissago Saattvic is an Oxford-educated economist who works at a law firm, moonlights as an actor, starlights as a tabla player, torchlights as a playwright, candlelights as a singer and fairylights as a film-maker.
Sharad Kohli figured out early on he would never be as talented as Tansen, so was happy to settle for a life enjoying Hindustani Classical music. He is drawn to nature, music and books, and travels where his heart (and, occasionally, his mind) takes him.
Siddhartha Sarma is an Indian English novelist and journalist from Assam and the author of the young adult novel The Grasshopper’s Run, set against the Second World War in Assam and Nagaland. It won the 2009 Vodafone Crossword Book Award in Children’s Literature category and, in 2011, was shortlisted by the Sahitya Academy for its Bal Sahitya Puraskar.
Srividhya Venkat hopped, skipped and jumped careers to find the one she’s most passionate about – writing and storytelling for children. She often wishes that houses were made with books, not bricks.
Stephen Aitken loves books! He writes books. He makes pictures for books. And, he buys way too many books. His house is full of – you guessed it – books! He thinks he is a bookie monster!
Sudarshan Khanna and Surabhi Khanna
Professor Sudarshan Khanna was Principal Designer, Chairman of Education & Research and Head of Toy Innovation Centre at the National Institute of Design (NID). He has written three children’s book – Joy of Making Indian Toys, Dynamic Folk Toys, Toys & Tales with everyday material. Surabhi Khanna is a design nut, with some play and bountiful search.
Sumi Chandrasekharan grew up spending her summer holidays with her cousins listening to their grandmother’s stories. She told some of those stories to her two children and has now adapted her favourite one, Kozhukatta, into a book.
Sylvia Sikundar is based in Canada. She loves writing children’s books. She also plays pickleball which is a new sport combing bit of tennis, badminton and ping pong all mixed together like a pickle.
Vaishali Shroff is the author of The Adventures of Padma and a Blue Dinosaur, Raindrops, Ari, The Missing Bat and Purple Turtle pop-up books, among others. Many of her poems and stories are part of the CBSE curriculum. At the moment she has gone piggy-back on a blue dinosaur into space and hopes to land back on earth like a meteoric fireball of stories!
Veronika Resslova, born in 1973 in the Czech Republic, is a language teacher, freelance artist and curator who currently works as Czech Visiting Lecturer at the University of Delhi. She is interested in visual art, linguistics and Mahayana Buddhism.
Wendy Cooling headed the Children’s Book Foundation (now Booktrust) where she initiated the Bookstart project, which is now run successfully throughout the country. She received an MBE in 2009 for her services to children’s books. Last year, she was given the Booktrust Outstanding Achievement Award for her incredible work for Bookstart.