Book Launch & Panel Discussion

Inspired by India: An evening of Picture Books and Conversations
You’re Safe With Me: Chitra Soundar & Poonam Mistry
Nimesh the Adventurer: Ranjit Singh & Mehrdokht Amini
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The evening will see the launch of two picture books: You’re Safe With Me, and Nimesh the Adventurer. These sumptuous books celebrate the influence of Indian culture on contemporary British publishing at a time when the call for greater diversity in children’s books has never been more keenly felt. Influenced by India, these picture books explore the fertile ground where Indian and British storytelling traditions meet. A lively discussion about the inspiration behind these two titles will be held with the authors and illustrators.

Chitra Soundar is the Indian-born British writer and storyteller of You’re Safe With Me. She is inspired by the rich epics and folktales of India, its diverse culture and natural beauty. She has written over 30 books published by Otter-Barry Books, Walker Books and Red Robin Books.

Poonam Mistry is the UK-based illustrator of You’re Safe With Me. Her work is heavily influenced by nature, folklore and traditional Indian art. With a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, she produces artwork for clients around the world.

Ranjit Singh is a British children's book author of East Indian heritage. Working in a large city with a variety of people from different backgrounds, he uses words to reach out and inspire people. Nimesh the Adventurer is his debut picture book.

Mehrdokht Amini is the illustrator of Nimesh the Adventurer and has won the Children’s Africana Best Book Award. She has also been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal for her work on the picture book Chicken in the Kitchen (Lantana).