Over the last couple of years, the spaces for celebrating children’s books have expanded somewhat. Bookaroo remains the highlight of the year for Delhi kids. Bookalore in Bangalore is doing amazing events which draw hundreds of kids. The Kala Ghoda festival this year gave unprecedented space for events featuring children’s books and authors. (By and large, the other lit fests have a very token children’s lit presence but this is a happy post so I shall not grumble!)
And SCBWI India is finally doing stuff and organising events for writers and artists, so even the practitioners have a space to improve their craft. (You can find out more about SCBWI India here.)
Jumpstart is unique in that it is a place for professionals who work with books for children–writers, illustrators, translators, librarians, teachers, booksellers, publishers, and many others. The fourth edition of Jumpstart is coming on 29 and 30 August at IIC, New Delhi, and you can find the programme here. The theme this year is Speaking in Tongues, a tribute to India’s multilingual reality.
For all writers, we think that there the writing masterclass with Holly Thomson and Anushka Ravishankar should be very interesting. It also includes a special section on writing picture books by Emily Gravett. (Details here).
And for illustrators who want to write their own picture books, Emily Gravett and Julia Kaergal would be the perfect teachers in the illustrators’ masterclass (details here).
There is also the Book Souk, which is a great place to pitch your book to multiple Indian publishers.
So do come along! We are sure it will be very interesting.