Monday, January 13, 2014

Pratham Books-ZEEJLF Outreach Programme Set to Share the Joy of Reading in Jaipur

The ZEE Jaipur Literatue Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, has again extended it’s reach further this year by taking writers from the Festival to visit local schools in Jaipur.

Organised in partnership with Pratham Books, a not-for-profit children’s publisher, The Pratham Books – 
ZEEJLF Outreach Programme aims to inspire young people through the love of literature. 

This month will see the third year of the outreach programme, with events taking place between 13th-21st January 2014.

The authors confirmed to take part so far are; Paro Anand (author), Valentina Trivedi (storyteller), Anita Mani (Storyteller/news-for-children newspaper editor), Ajit Narayan (Illustrator/cartoonist), Devyani Bhardwaj (Poet/journalist/translator). Visiting Festival authors include journalist and author of When the Crocodile Eats the Sun, Peter Godwin, Harvard history professor and author of the award winning Liberty Exiles, Dr. Maya Jasanoff, actor, writer and director Mahesh Dattani and art historian Partha Mitter who specialises in Indian art.

The participating schools so far include, SKIT, Jaipur; The Step by Step, St. Xavier, Pratham supported schools and Vodafone supported schools.

During the outreach programme, visiting Festival authors will participate in over 25 reading sessions, workshops and interactive activities promoting education and literacy amongst young students in Jaipur.

Himanshu Giri, Chief Operating Officer of Pratham Books added, “Pratham Books believes in taking the joy of reading to all children and our association with the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival gives us a great platform to include them. It is very exciting for children from different schools to meet authors and illustrators from across the world. It is also an enriching experience for the authors to meet so many young people.”

Sanjoy K. Roy, Producer of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival said, “Each year the Festival brings a wealth of literary talent to Jaipur. We are thrilled to be partnering with Pratham Books to extend the reach of the Festival beyond the four walls of Diggi Palace and into the schools and colleges of the city. We look forward to seeing some of these young people as Festival authors in the future.”

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