CNCLF 2018 Guest Speakers

We have some amazing speakers lined up for the CNCLF 2018. They are well-loved authors by the children of our library, and we are sure you will have a fantastic time attending their sessions. So, without further ado, here they are.


Ashok Rajagopalan

An illustrator since 1989 and a writer since 2006, Ashok Rajagopalan loves to tell stories and draw pictures that make people, especially little people, laugh. As his childhood hobbies have become his full-time occupation, he spends his free time reading, talking, laughing, and walking in the rain. He lives in a cool and green part of Chennai with his family and books.



Shabnam Minwalla

Shabnam Minwalla has worked as a journalist with the Times of India and writes food columns, book reviews and features for Business Line, Times of India and DNA. Her first book, The Six Spellmakers of Dorabji Street, was critically acclaimed and won the Rivokids Parents’ and Kids’ Choice Award. It is being used as a reader by many schools and has also been converted into a play. Her other books include The Strange Haunting of Model High School, The Shy Supergirl, Lucky Girl and What Maya Saw. Shabnam got her MA in Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She was also a Chevening Scholar at Wolfson College in Cambridge.


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Khyrunnisa A.

Khyrunnisa A., prize-winning author of children’s fiction, loves reading, writing and children. She created the popular comic character Butterfingers for the children’s magazine Tinkle. Some of her stories, for children and for adults, have been published in various anthologies by Puffin Books, Children’s Book Trust and Unisun Publications. A collection, Lost in Ooty and Other Adventure Stories, was brought out by Unisun Publications in 2010. Her stories appear regularly in Dimdima and she has an ongoing fortnightly column, ‘Inside View’, in The Hindu Metroplus. She worked as Associate Professor of English at All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram and is now a full-time writer. Visit her at



Aditi De

Aditi De is a Bangalore-based author, dreamer, traveller, editor (though not necessarily in that order). She loves children and the world of the word. In 1989, she launched Junior Quest, the popular magazine from the Chandamama group, and later edited Open Sesame, the children’s supplement at the Deccan Herald. Her books for children include A Twist in the Tale: More Indian Folktales, Puffin Lives: Jawaharlal Nehru. She has written children’s columns for Chatterbox magazine, Deccan Chronicle and Young World.



Jyothi Kunjoor

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.

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