Young Readers’ Club

Saturday, 20 August 2016 - 5:00pm Bangalore

British Council library invites our young readers to explore some of the best children’s books being written today.  This Saturday get ready to go on a  poignant and touching journey with the winner of  the CILIP Carnegie award for 2016 One by Sarah Crossan

The book reading will be accompanied by reading of selected passages by the children themselves and some selected pieces for them to enact. The session will be led by Sheila Govindaraj, a well-known Bangalore based theatre practitioner. 

This programme is suitable for children aged 12 year and above.

Fee: Rs. 200 per child

To register please write to Purnima Krishna at or talk to our contact centre at 0120-4569000/6684353

About Sheila Govindaraj

Sheila Govindaraj is a Bangalore-based theatre actor and director. She also choreographs Kalarippayattu movement pieces for Ranjan Mullaratt of Kalari Gurukulam / KAAPA. Sheila did two summer workshops at LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) and then followed that up with a two-year intensive under M.Philippe Gaulier, one of the true inheritors of Jacques Lecoq’s method of training, with further embellishments to the training methodology from the master teacher himself. She has also trained under several theatre stalwarts including the late Veenapani Chawla (Aadishakti), Tim Supple, Anna Helena McLean, John Britton, and Mahesh Dattani. In Bangalore, she has acted under several directors including Diana Tholoor, Preetam Koilpillai, late Vijay Nair, Padmavathi Rao and Prakash Belawadi. Her body of work in theatre and theatre training includes Shakespeare and several contemporary playwrights.Training children in theatre and performance is a major thrust of her current charter. She has been conducting regular workshops for children at the British Council, Bangalore. Sheila also direct children’s plays. Her last production for and with children was Roald Dahl’s The Witches in May 2016 at Atta Galatta. This production was supported by Puffin Books and Atta Galatta. All the above she does while working as Head Baker at Spell Foods which produces the Bagels & Bakes for Atta Galatta brand of breads and confectionery. Her role at Spell Foods is to create the recipes for their products and to ensure quality. Sheila Govindaraj has also worked as Tech Writer and Product Documentation Head for 8 years in the software industry. 

About the book

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world - a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace nor Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined.

No words are wasted in this poignant and thought-provoking novel, yet it conveys so much. Written in free verse, each chapter is a poem and a work of art in its own right, collectively they create a highly emotive and engaging story. This creative style quickly draws the reader into the characters' lives and creates a strong sense of urgency. The two main characters are impressively distinctive and developed, their contrasting temperaments highlighting their closeness and interdependence. This is a deeply moving, insightful, beautifully observed and unusual, but perfectly crafted, book that will stay with the reader long after its close.

About Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan's debut book, The Weight of Water, won The Eilis Dillon Award for a First Children's Book, the We Read Prize and a UKLA Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal as was her next book, Apple and Rain. Sarah Crossan is originally from Dublin. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. Sarah taught English at a small private school near New York until she became a full time writer. She completed her Masters in creative writing at the University of Warwick in 2003. She is also the author of Breathe and Resist.