Swapna Dutta is a leading author of books for young readers, with close to fifty works and translations to her credit. In the four decades of her writing career, she has contributed to leading dailies, magazines and journals, and presented several papers on children’s writing at leading forums across the world.
She has been awarded for her exemplary work, receiving academic accolades and fellowships in countries like Japan, Germany, Austria and several others.
I am Swapna Dutta and I am very happy to join the Kindle group of authors.
Here is a little bit about myself:
I did my Masters in English literature from the University of Calcutta.
I have been writing for several decades now and have more than 50 titles to my credit, including translations. But not all of them are in print right now.
Those of my books that are in the market have been published by Hachette, Orient Longman (now Orient Blackswan), Scholastic (India), Children's Book Trust, National Book Trust, Sahitya Akademi, Niyogi Books, Srishti and Ratnasagar, among others. Some of my out-of- print titles are still available with Amazon.
I have been published by all major national dailies (Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, The Pioneer, The Hindu, Asian Age, The Statesman, The Telegraph and Deccan Herald) and magazines (Femina, Eve’s Weekly, Indian Literature, Poetry Today, Family Magazine, Woman’s Era and The Little Magazine, among others), where my stories, articles for the general reader and translated stories and poems have appeared. I have put up many of these in my blog –
So you could take a look if you care to.
My stories and poems for children have appeared in many children’s magazines, including Children’s World, Target, Chandamama and Tinkle. I have also contributed to magazines abroad (Scottish Home & Country (UK), The Bookbird (USA), The School Magazine (Australia), Cricket (USA), Folly (UK) among others. Also some popular websites such as www.bolokid.com, www.papertigers.com, www.pitara.com, and www.museindia.com.
What do I write about? Am I partial to any special genre?
Well, not really! In my 5 decades of writing I have tried and loved several genres. All except fantasy and fairy tales. To speak of my published books, I have written a lot of stories based on mythology, the epics, Indian history, folktales and folklore. I have written school stories and contemporary stories; stories of children in the metro cities and children based in villages. I have written a lot of rhymes and picture books for children too. I have also written stories and articles for the general reader, travelogues and profiles of authors. I have translated some of my favourite books but most of these belong to mainstream literature. If you take a look at my blog you will get a good idea about my writing.
I have been featured in The Cambridge Guide to Children’s Books in English edited by Victor Watson (Pp 225-6) and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature published in 2006 (Volume 2, page 7).
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