I am delighted to be launching a curated programme of online events celebrating writers and illustrators of exceptional repute.
Each guest has been invited for their outstanding contribution to the world of children’s literature and for the exceptional quality of their writing and illustration. Audience involvement is encouraged. You can submit questions in advance and become an active participant in the event or simply enjoy the chat.
Join me for in-depth discussions exploring exceptional careers in literature and some memorable celebrations. All from the comfort of your armchair.
Sita Brahmachari was born in Derby in 1966 to an Indian father from Kolkata, India and an English mother from the Lake District. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Arts Education.
Her many projects and writing commissions have been produced in theatres, universities, schools and community groups throughout Britain and America. Sita has lectured on intra-culturalism and Arts Education and her writing has been published in a number of journals and in On the Subject of Drama (Routledge).
Sita’s plays include touring productions by Tamasha Theatre Company including Lyrical MC and scripting and co-creating an adaptation of Sean Tan’s graphic novel The Arrival for Tamasha Theatre Company (published by Bloomsbury).
Her first book for Macmillan Children’s Books Artichoke Hearts won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and was selected for the BookTrust Booked Up scheme in 2011. In 2014 it was selected as one of the top 50 books in cultural diversity since the 1950s by The Guardian.
Its sequel, Jasmine Skies was published in 2012 and was also nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her critically acclaimed novel, Kite Spirit published in May 2013 was nominated for the UKLA Book Award.
Her fourth novel, Red Leaves, published in September 2014, was endorsed by Amnesty International UK as a book to enhance understanding of human rights. Red Leaves was also on the Redbridge Book Award Longlist for 2015. Sita’s fondly received novel for Barrington Stoke, Brace Mouth, False Teeth, was also published in 2014 and was included in Julia Eccleshare’s picks for readers with dyslexia.
Where the River Runs Gold, published in 2019 takes inspiration from myth and fantasy in a classic quest to protect a nation’s freedom.
Sita’s latest novel, When Secrets Set Sail uncovers the real-life history of the House of the Ayahs through the eyes two children Usha and Immy whose parents run the house as a refugee home in contemporary London.
Sita is the current Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants. Sita is also an Amnesty International ambassador.
Sita has been selected as a World Book Day author for 2021.
Ticket options are available either with a copy of When Secrets Set Sail and signed bookplate or without.
Ticket price includes Eventbrite fees plus postage and packaging if the with book option is selected.
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