Just spreading the word about the Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, which is taking place in Delhi on the 22nd and 23rd of this month; it’s been a good time for children’s writing in India and this fest comes not a moment too soon. The venue is the Sanskriti Anand Gram on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road and the programme schedule is here. Lot of promising sessions, including the “Panchatantra in Wonderland” one with Sampurna Chattarji, Kalpana Swaminathan and Ishrat Syed (Swaminathan and Syed jointly wrote Nyagrodha, a marvelous imaginative retelling of the Panchatantra, which I reviewed here), “Are Insects Like Us?” by Ranjit Lal (about whom more here), and Anita Roy sharing word games based on the Dr Seuss books (also see this old post about Roy’s “storytelling for children” session at the Jaipur Literature festival). Another highlight: a session with Jeff Smith, creator of the popular comic-book series Bone.
There’s also an outreach programme called Bookaroo in the City on November 19 and 20 – it will have book-related events for underprivileged children in schools across Delhi in collaboration with Pratham Books, as well as eight special events. See the website for details.