Showing speakers from M to R (all speakers listed alphabetically)
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).
Mamta Nainy and Aniruddha Mukherjee
Mamta Nainy 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. Aniruddha Mukherjee gets his ideas at the stroke of his really long beard. He doodles non-stop, photographs river-sides, and can usually be spotted next to a pile of children’s books.
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi is a politician, writer and animal rights activist. She is currently the Union cabinet minister for the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
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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.
Nagesh Hegde’s writings in Kannada have become textbook lessons in schools and universities in Karnataka. He is also a recipient of Rajyotsava Award. He has been producing magazines, wall papers, posters, books, songs and pamphlets on ecology and environment for children.
Nina Sabnani uses film, illustration and writing to tell her stories. Her work in film and illustrated books seeks to bring together animation and ethnography. She has just won the 2018 Big Little Book Award for Illustrator.
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.
Ritu Vaishnav has taught children, edited books for them and also owns a bookstore just for children. She was also a journalist once but now spends most of her time escaping into books and far-off places.
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!
From Taranauts, India’s first complete fantasy-adventure series, to Ready! a thrilling skilling book, to the bestselling Gita For Children, Roopa Pai loves to jump worlds and universes in her writing.