1st August 2020 / 6:30 pm IST /
Zoom & Youtube
Discussion of the book by Lakshmi Karunakaran and Seema Mundoli
The first discussion takes Darren Simpson’s “Scavengers” as an entry point to SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. How is life for people who live their entire life in the shadows of others, yet without them the city could not sustain? They are visible, yet invisible to most of us most of the time. Drawing from the theme of landfills and waste this conversation will put waste pickers at the centre, looking at their role and perspective of sustainable cities and communities. Usually the conversations around people involved in waste management are not empowering, especially in their representation in writing which tends to be descriptive. The YA novel by Darren Simpson, “Scavengers” allows us an ingenious approach to tackle this topic from a very different perspective.
To know more about SDG 11 click here.
Seema Mundoli worked for the most part in conservation, and advocacy on issues of mining, land and forest rights, and education in tribal and rural landscapes. More recently she researches on the social and ecological interactions around urban commons especially in the current phase of increasing urbanization that the Indian cities are witnessing. She is also the co-author of the popular and critically praised Cities and Canopies, a book on trees in urban India. She is now a faculty at Azim Premji University.
Lakshmi Karunakaran is an educator and a communication professional based in Bangalore, India. She has worked with children experiencing social exclusion in government schools, special needs schools, remedial schools, and in disadvantaged communities. Through Hasiru Dala, an organization that works with informal waste pickers she currently heads the Buguri Community Library Project which is an after school library and art centre for over 700 children of waste-pickers in Bangalore, Tumkur and Mysore.
Live Q&A between Darren Simpson and Taanika Shankar
Darren Simpson writes vivid, unruly fiction for children. His debut novel Scavengers was a Guardian Best Book of 2019, the first book chosen for ‘Reading For Change’. Scavengers was also selected for 2019’s national Summer Reading Challenge. Darren also provided the story for The Dust on the Moth, a crowdfunded multimedia novel for adults.
He lives with his wife and two sons in Nottingham, where he has worked with the Literacy Trust to promote reading for pleasure. He loves using otherworldly settings and unconventional characters to explore bravery, self-discovery, and the endless quirks that make up our real lives.
On 25th August at 6.30 p.m. Darren was in conversation with Taanika Shankar, an undergraduate in economics at Azim Premji University.
Taanika is currently a second year undergraduate student at Azim Premji University. She is majoring in economics and wishes to minor in sustainability. She has been very keen about environmental and developmental issues since her young age
If you’d like to find out more about Darren please visit darrensimpsonwrites.co.uk
In case you missed the Q&A, here is a summary.
How did Darren feel to get his first book published?!
What is some of the research and train of thought/ imagination that went into creating Hinterland?
Did Darren ever feel like living a solitary life like Babagoo?
What part of Landfill does Darren personally relate to the most and why?
How did the made up words come about?
The animals in the book were named after authors; was there a personal connect to those authors?
Also, Babagoo named all the animals, so in a way it’s a clever play since we know so little about his past. The fact that Babagoo had named all the animals after famous writers must have meant he was well-read despite seeming like a haggard recluse.
What is your favourite character from the story?
Call for illustrations
Illustrators, Imaginators, Creators –
What does your “Hinterland” look like? How do you imagine a post-industrial world, reclaimed by nature? Get inspired by “Scavengers” and send us your illustrations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let your mind wander as you read about Landfill’s, Woolf’s and Babagoo’s world. Is Babagoo just an old vulture, is Hinterland as romantic a place as it sounds to be or is it a just dire display of decay?
Illustrations will be added to this webpage with due credit