Inspiring Young Readers

posted on 08 Nov 2017

An Interview with Sita Brahmachari 

The Letterpress Project has asked authors and illustrators to think about what has inspired them as artists, what their favourite books are and how they relate to their audience - we've also asked them if they themselves are book collectors.

We are delighted to present an exclusive interview with the children's book author, Sita Brahmachari. Sita's career spans writing  novels, plays and short stories. She has worked widely in theatre, education and communities including creating projects for among others The Royal Court Theatre, Tamasha Theatre Company and The Royal Shakespeare Company. She has an MA in Arts Education. In 2011 she won The Waterstones Children's book Prize for her debut novel 'Artichoke Hearts.'

Her subsequent  four novels for Macmillan Children's Books ' Jasmine Skies', 'Kite Spirit', 'Red Leaves' and 'Tender Earth' have been variously nominated for The Carnegie Prize, UKLA book award and endorsed by The Reading Agency, Book Trust and Amnesty International UK. Most recently 'Tender Earth' has been nominated for the International Board on Books for Young People Honour. Sita has written three celebrated titles for Barrington Stoke publishers  'Brace Mouth, False Teeth,' 'Car Wash Wish' and 'Worry Angels' and contributed to anthologies including 'Here I Stand' for Amnesty and Walker Books and 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' for Crisis and Stripes publishers. Sita's plays include  'Lyrical MC' and co- created a stage adaptation of  Shaun Tan's graphic novel 'The Arrival' 

She was online Writer in Residence for Book Trust and is currently Writer In Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants. Sita is an Amnesty Ambassador.

Sita has her own website which can be found at :

You can read her interview for us here: