After three years of good old paperback sales, we now have an e-book! For all those who said you did not buy the hard copy, here’s your chance!
Fills my heart with joy …
Ebbani from Rey Valley International School was the first to arrive. “Thirteen more children are coming,” she informed me. I was anxious, anxious enough to have considered (night before last) cancelling the whole thing. I had never dealt with such young children before, and the children from Rey Valley who were coming to Rachna Books […]
Children aged between five and eight are such an enthusiastic and energetic bunch! I enjoyed myself thoroughly telling them three more stories, one of which was “The Little Corner Shop” from The Story-Catcher. It is so heartwarming when children fall in love with a story that is your own! Coming up: Storytelling Workshop – Day […]
Why are there no reviews of Indian books for the Macmillan Book Review Contest yet? This is true for all the age-groups! Do invite children in the age-group 10-15 to review The Story-Catcher; the carrot dangling at the end of the stick is a Macmillan book hamper! Last date for entries is the 30th of […]
The Story-Catcher was the second runner-up for the “Parents and Kids Choice Awards 2014” for Books (Indian authors) in the age-group 10-15. TeamRivo interviewed me – read the interview on rivoblog!
I spoke to Ms Sugandhi from the British Library last Sunday, and she said that 11 children had already registered! There are just 20 seats in all; now is the time!
Just discovered that The Story-Catcher is not available just in India and the US! It’s available in the UK too! (And perhaps elsewhere in the world that I have not discovered yet!)
Workshop Overview: Television, tablets and internet have changed the face of childhood. When you can watch a movie, why read a book? Teachers say it’s educational. Improve your English; improve your spelling; improve your marks. But another far simpler reason to read is simply that reading is fun! Create, imagine, read! The children will be […]
For the love of Children fantasies Pune based author and blogger, Varsha Sheshan was in Mumbai recently for a book reading session. She fascinated the young readers by reading out the passages from her maiden collection of short stories, The Story-Catcher. “Many people don’t know yet that I spend more time reading children’s books than […]
Today is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, celebrated since 1967 as International Children’s Book Day! Could I give everyone a few gentle hints about my book today? Buyers everywhere: If you haven’t bought my book, will you? Amazon has it, as do Flipkart, Landmark, etc. Friends and well-wishers: If you haven’t read my book, will you? […]
The portion for the exams has been completed; students are fed up with revision. So, a colleague of mine decided to do something different – she read out a story from The Story-Catcher. I was thrilled! This reading went one step further than ‘I loved your story’ and ‘nice story’ and ‘I like the story […]
I, Varsha Seshan, author of The Story-Catcher and English teacher at your school… … donated two books to Vishwashanti Gurukul library. One for the primary school library and one for the whole school. I also spoke to the principal about the way I’ve done readings in the past at St. Mary’s, and she seemed interested. At the […]
My book is available at Venus Traders, Pune, amongst other stores. I saw it there myself! There were three copies, and a dear friend bought one. Now there are two! My publishers updated their site, and my book is on it! http://www.leadstartcorp.com/new-category-icon/the-story-catcher/ I signed books for girls at my old school. My father went to Crossword, […]
How do teachers throw away cards they receive? The children I read to gave me so many cards. Some were beautiful; some were thoughtful; some were sweet. How can I throw any away? Just a sample of those gems… THANK-YOU FOR SHARING SO MANY THINGS I LOVED […]
An acquaintance who is part of the Teach for India programme asked whether I would be willing to come to a small government school in Chandannagar and talk about my book, about writing and about dance. I was tremendously excited by the prospect, and agreed immediately. When I got there, though, I realised how different […]
I did two more book-readings yesterday – The Circus Boy and The Old Yellow Scooter. The reactions were completely different! Children never stop surprising me. The first reading (The Dictionary) was wonderful – I got questions about reading, writing, publishing, drawing… The second reading (Dreams) was strange – I wondered whether the girls understood the story at […]
My first reading at St. Mary’s school yesterday told me, yet again, why I love writing for children. The number of questions they asked me and the way they interacted with me for a whole hour was simply wonderful. Writing, editing, publishing, marketing, illustrating and designing – they had questions about all these things. They […]