Meet the CNCLF 2017 Speakers

Once Upon a Time; Storytelling with a master storyteller

10.15 am-10.45 am


Jyothi Kunjoor has been a storyteller for more than 5 years now and has conducted 600+ storytelling sessions. She is a certified professional storyteller from Kathalaya, an internationally accredited institute for storytelling. Bethany High, Bethany Junior School, Valley School, Indus International Pre-School, India International Pre-School, St. Paul’s School, Cosy Nook Library, Hippocampus and Crossword are some of the places where she narrates stories. She also loves to sing, crochet and whistle.

Let’s Find Ammachi’s Glasses: Join in a fun adventure of doodling and illustrating with Priya Kuriyan

11 am-12 pm


Priya Kuriyan is a children’s book writer and illustrator and an animator. A graduate of NID, Ahmedabad, she has directed educational films for the Children’s Film Society of India and the Sesame Street television show in India.  She has illustrated numerous books for various publishers, some of which are Princess Easy Pleasy, Rooster Raga, Monster Garden. Ammachi’s Glasses  is her latest wordless picture book from Tulika.

The Writing Masterclass: Learn the finer details of writing and editing in this writing workshop with Bijal Vachharajani

12.15 pm-1.15 pm


When Bijal Vachharajani is not reading Harry Potter, she can be found traipsing around the jungles of India or baking with chocolate. In her spare time, she works as a consultant editor with Pratham Books and writes about education for sustainable development, so she can fund those trips and buy those expensive Potter books. Bijal has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace from the University of Peace in Costa Rica. She is the author of two children’s book, So You Want to Know About the Environment and What’s Neema Eating Today?

Are you READY? Roopa Pai tells you how to become a world-conquering teenager with 99 must-have skills

2.15 pm-3.15 pm


Roopa Pai is one of India’s best-known children’s authors. She has written more than 20 books, spanning subjects ranging from popular science to fantasy and philosophy to economics. Her books, which include the award-winning national bestseller The Gita for Children and Taranauts, India’s first complete fantasy-adventure series for children, are enjoyed by readers of all ages. This computer engineer brings together three other loves – history, working with young people and her home town Bengaluru – in her day job as a guide with Bangalore Walks, a history and heritage walks and tours company. Her latest book is Ready!: 99 Must-have Skills for the World-Conquering Teenager (and Almost-Teenager) from Hachette.

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