Arthi Anand Navaneeth is a marketing professional who on weekends becomes the voice of Art’s Tales. It is here she brings together her love for stories, song, dance and of course, children. Have You Seen This? and Ranganna are her picture books from Tulika Publishers.
Brenton McKenna is a young indigenous writer/Illustrator from Broome, in the far North West of Australia. Ever since he can remember, Brenton has been passionate about art and telling stories. He first developed his love of comic books and this style of drawing when he was very young. Since then, Brenton has been immersed in the world of comic art, cartooning and graphic novels. He is inspired by the multicultural history of his hometown and draws on Aboriginal and foreign mythologies in his stories. Brenton studied visual arts for two years at Goldburn TAFE and in 2009 was one of twenty successful applicants to be awarded a highly sought after mentorship with the Australian Society of Authors. Brenton was a Deadly Award nominee in 2011, guest panelist at Dromkeen Literary Lunch for Graphic Novelists and winner of Kullarri NAIDOC award for Literature. UBBY’S UNDERDOGS is his first graphic novel.
Leila Seth retired as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh in 1992, was appointed in 1995 as the one-member commission to examine the death in custody of Rajan Pillai, and from 1997 to 2000 was a member of the 15th Law Commission of India. She does arbitration work and is involved in human rights activities. She lives in Noida with her husband Premo, son Shantum, daughter-in-law Gitanjali and granddaughter Nandini.
Join Karadi, Priya Muthukumar of Storipur and their little lizard friend as they go about looking for a new tail for the lizard so that he can get a brand new look for himself. Do watch out for the Tail-Shop; it might have the perfect tail for you!
The Storywallahs: A mad bunch of dreamers who believe that stories are oxygen for the soul and that stories have the power to makes us more imaginative are reviving the tradition of oral storytelling. They can be found spreading the joy of stories and leaving behind a trail of smiles and happiness wherever they go. They have told stories under a tree, next to a lake, in a garage and under the stars and now they are coming with their ‘bag of stories from around the world’ to the Bangalore Literature Festival.
Venita Coelho worked in the TV industry as a writer and director. She is also a painter. She has written three books so far, Soap! Writing and Surviving Television in India (non-fiction), Dungeon Tales (fiction) and The Washer of the Dead: A Collection of Ghost Stories (fiction).
Venita had begun her career with UTV on DD. She had written the award-winning soap Trikaal and written the script for Dharma Productions’ We are Family.
Along with this she has also written children’s plays, documentaries, ad films and multimedia stage shows.
Vikram Sridhar is a performance storyteller and theatre practitioner based in Bangalore. He has been working with a number of theatre groups across India for about a decade now is the co-founder Tahatto , a Bangalore-based theatre group. Tahatto performs regularly in Banagalore and in festivals across India. He has volunteered and worked with different organisations in the conservation space and also consults and works with organisations in the social sector. He combines the three in his storytelling to make a difference. Around the Story Tree is his initiative to reach out to children and adults from different backgrounds through storytelling, using stories and folk tales in a contemporary form as a strong medium for conservation to connect listeners to their environment. To know more about his work, see facebook.com/AroundTheStoryTree