M Venkatesh, co-founder and festival director of Bookaroo children’s literature festival says, ‘organizing a book festival, especially for children, can be a challenging task. Their feedback is instantaneous and brutally honest.’
Bookaroo despite having faced challenges due to the intervention of the internet in the last decade, has expanded and celebrated 10 years of the festival on November 25-26 with a line-up of over 50 award-winning writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers, including 18 from outside India.
Curated by Swati Roy, Jo Williams and M Venkatesh, this festival is produced in collaboration with a large number of publishers, art councils and embassies.
“We have 102 sessions by authors and artists that are divided according to age group. We start from the 4-6 years category and reach up to 14-16 years. A large number of publishing houses have been supporting us through our journey,” said the organisers.
Another special feature this year would be sessions and workshops on “inclusivity in children’s literature” and activities surrounding this issue. “We are going to explore this topic in an understanding manner and not in a preachy way,” Venkatesh explained.