Tiffin Talk: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

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20 August 2015 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean with Annie Zaidi, Samhita Arni and Kirsty Murray

In 2013, ten Indian and ten Australian writers and illustrators joined forces to create a ground-breaking anthology of young adult speculative fiction. The collection includes six graphic stories and showcases twenty writers and artists from India and Australia, in an all-female, all-star line-up.  

Published by Young Zubaan books in India and Allen & Unwin in Australia, this unique anthology grew out of conversations between writers, artists and publishers in both India and Australia. Annie Zaidi and Samhita Arni are two of India's most exciting new voices in fiction. Kirsty Murray is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. All three writers worked in collaboration with seventeen other Australian and Indian writers and illustrators to produce works for 'Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean'. 

This will be an interactive Tiffin Talk where the authors read from the book and discuss its themes. Questions from the audience will be encouraged and lively discussion is sure to be had.

About the Speakers

Samhita Arni has been interested in Hindu mythology since she was a child. She has written The Mahabaharata: A Child’s View, a version of another great Indian epic, which has been translated into seven languages and was named Book of the Month by the German Academy for Youth Literature and Media, and one of the Best Published Books of 2004 by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. It also won the Elsa Morante Literary Award (Department of Culture, Campania, Italy). Samhita has also written scripts for film and television and is currently working on a thriller based on The Ramayana. She lives in Bangalore, India.


Kirsty Murray writes books for children and teenagers. She was born in Melbourne where she first discovered the power of a good story. Kirsty’s works includes eleven novels as well as nine other books for young people. Her novels have won and been shortlisted for many awards and published internationally. Every year, Kirsty teaches creative writing and shares the joy of reading with thousands of young people in libraries, schools and at literary festivals around the world. Kirsty is a passionate advocate of books for readers of all ages.


Annie Zaidi is a writer from India. Her collection of essays, Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in 2010. In addition to essays, she also writes poetry (Crush, 2007), short-stories (The Good Indian Girl, 2011), plays and has published a novella.

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