Join HarperCollins India, Avid Learning and Peek-A-Book Children’s Literature Festival for a workshop that will examine the current landscape of contemporary children’s literature and decode the creative processes involved in the writing of children’s books. This workshop will be led by Curator of the Peek-A-Book Children’s Festival, Lubaina Bandukwala, who, along with leading children’s Authors, Natasha Sharma and Vaishali Shroff and Publisher, Tina Narang, will shed light on the editing and publishing processes and give participants a rare opportunity to learn how to mine and explore lived experiences and imaginations for ideas that can be developed into spellbinding children’s stories.
Lubaina Bandukwala has a master’s in journalism but has been in children’s publishing for a decade. She has written four books and numerous short stories for publishers like Pratham, FunOKPlease, Hachette and Scholastic India. She has edited publications for most major media houses including DNA (DNA ya!), Times of India (KidZone) Time Life (New N’ Stuff) and has served as consulting editor for Scholastic India and Harper Collins. She is passionate about promoting Indian children’s books and authors and has been a curator and creator of literary experiences and festivals for more than 6 years. She founded and ran the children’s literature section at the Kalaghoda Arts Festival for four years, Founded Peek-A-Book Literature Festival as the only children’s literature festival in Mumbai and Hyderabad. She has produced commissioned festivals and pop-ups for the CSMVS museum (Formerly Prince of Wales Museum), Eat India Company Festival, and several schools in the city. She also curates books for India’s first children’s book subscription box, Enchantico. She is considered a subject matter expert in contemporary children’s reading and literature and has been invited as a speaker at TedX (DJ Sanghvi,Mumbai) and on several panels including She The People Writer’s Festival, Avid Learning and Kalaghoda Arts Festival.Read more
"Natasha Sharma is an award-winning children’s books author, who has published eighteen books for children till date. She writes across age groups and formats from picture books, early chapter books, and historical fiction to her new book in a graphic novel format, The Good Indian Child’s Guide to Eating Mangoes. Her poems have featured in anthologies, course-books for schools and on the CBSE recommended reading list. ‘Shah Jahan and the Ruby Robber’ won the Best Illustrated Children’s Book in Comic Con India 2018 while ‘Razia and the Pesky Presents’ won the South Asia Book Award in 2015. Another book ‘Bonkers’ received the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Asia and Middle East in 2014. Her highly acclaimed History Mystery series has received numerous recognitions including the Rivo Kids Parent and Kids Choice Award. ‘Squiggle Takes a Walk’ and ‘Rooster Raga’ have featured on Flipkart’s Best Children’s Books in 2013 and 2014. Natasha is an MBA with a graduate degree in Math and lives in Mumbai.Read more
Vaishali Shroff is the author of The Adventures of Padma and a Blue Dinosaur by HarperCollins India, NCERT and CBSE recommended picture books – Raindrops (long-listed for the Crossword Book Award, 2013) and Ari by Tulika Publishers, The Missing Bat by Pratham Books, and Purple Turtle pop-up books by Adarsh Publishing, among others. She represents India as an author for an Asia-wide reader series for Oxford University Press, Asia Education. Her poems and stories are a part of several school textbooks and magazines. Nearly fifteen short stories written by her are part of ten different anthologies. She is looking forward to her next title by Mango Books that empowers children against touch without consent. Vaishali's quite eccentric; while constantly striving to be in the present, her writerly mind keeps oscillating between the past and the future and everything that does not exist.Read more
Tina Narang began her career with The Times of India in 1987. Her foray into children’s publishing began with Scholastic India in 2005. After a 12-year stint at Scholastic, Tina moved to HarperCollins India in early 2017 to launch the children’s imprint, HarperCollins Children’s Books. As editor and publisher she has worked with some of the finest names in Indian children’s literature whether they be authors or illustrators. She has presented papers at international festivals such as the Asian Festival of Children’s Content at Singapore and the Philippines International Literary Festival at Davos.Read more