Friday, 20 April 2012

School's Workshops/ talks on Jasmine Skies

Schools on Tour

"We were delighted with Sita’s presentation to Year 7 in assembly.  She talked about writing, and how she had really started thinking about themes for her books when she was a young teenager – like the students she was talking to.  She talked about her experience of India, and asked the students how many of them had family from, or living in, other countries. She drew out many themes of history and a sense of place. She spoke of her father’s life, coming from Calcutta to Britain as a medical student.  Sita’s mother is English, and she grew up in the Lake District.  She talked about her love of photography, and used the large screen to show the photos of Calcutta that later inspired scenes in the book – such as the photo of the building that then became the old family home in Jasmine Skies.  She read this extract from the book.
The highlight of the session was probably the beautiful Indian bag full of objects, which she passed round the students, and the illustration of walking in someone else’s shoes, when she swopped shoes one of the boys – Sita in his lace ups, while he had some lovely Indian slippers. The students enjoyed this very much. This illustrated that we need to “walk in the character’s shoes” when writing imaginatively."  Miranda Mc Allister, Librarian Latymer School.
In order of school visits from March 2012....
Alexandra Park School, Haringey, London.
Heartland's High, Haringey, London.
Wood Green Library, Haringey, London.
Marcus Garvey Library, Haringey, London.

Broxbourne School - Hertfordshire

Simon Balle School. Hertfordshire
Sir John Leman School, Suffolk.

Horringer Court Middle School, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk.
Latymer School, Enfield, London
Enfield County School, London
Peter's Book Sellers, Birmingham
Heart Of England School, Coventry
Camden School For Girls, Camden. London.
Acland Burghley School, Camden. London.
City Academy School, Islington, London.
St Angela's Ursuline Convent School, Forest Gate, London.
Haberdasher's Aske's School, Herfordshire.
Queen Elizabeth Girl's School, Barnet, London.
Sacred Heart High School, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Dame Allan's School, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Shrewsbury Book Festival Schools. Packwood Haugh and The Priory, Shropshire.
Worlingham Middle School, Suffolk.
City Of London Girl's School.
Princes Risborough School. Chiltern's.
Halesworth Middle School, Suffolk.
St Felix' School, Suffolk.


  1. This is one of the books, which you read with pleasure as the way Sita describes Mira and her adventure is wonderful. It made me feel as if I was actually there and when the book ended I was really devastated, but hopefully the next one is on its way!

  2. Thank you so much. It was an adventure for me writing it too.

  3. Hi,
    I met you on thursday! It was so lovely to meet you,I love your books and I very much enjoyed meeting you and getting my book signed! I hope to maybe see you again

    1. It was my pleasure. I remember signing your name as I have two people with names like yours (though slighly different spelling) in Jasmine Skies. Have you found them yet! I hope to return to your school again with another book one day soon.

  4. That would be cool and I'm sure i will find out about them soon becuase i am nearly finished artichoke hearts! xxx