Gita Wolf and her son, Arun of the inspiring TARA Books publishers in Chennai, India visited The International Centre for the Picture Book in Society on 26 March 2015. The day started with Gita’s narration of Gobble you up! one of TARA’s most innovative and popular books for young children. The children from Dine’s Green School in Worcester took part in a workshop led by University of Worcester students in Sequential Illustration. During the lunch hour, Gita and Arun presented the work and explained the ethos of TARA to the students during a presentation of their work. Arun’s film on the production and publishing process of TARA was shown during this lunch lecture session and also at the book launch that followed in the HIVE library.
Creation, the latest TARA book written by Gita and illustrated by Bhajju Shyam was introduced to the public during the exhibition Made by Hand, which explains the processes of hand made book production as practiced by TARA. Professor Judith Elkin, Childrens’ Literature specialist who opened the event, pointed out that the work of TARA books is testament of a deep involvement and investment in a society. At the same time, it is a celebration of creativity and of the narrative. The exhibition will run till the end of April 2015 and original screen prints and books will be for sale for the full duration of the exhibition.