The first katha schools events are happening tomorrow in Leck Church of England Primary and Hornby Primary schools. All craft supplies have been bought and lessons have been planned. Good luck to Catherine Bennett, Kate Jervis, Emily Robertson, James Clewes, Lucy Rigby and Louise Turner will your lessons tomorrow.
News of how the events went will be up on here asap.
We had a meeting yesterday to plan our lessons at schools in the Lancashire area over the coming weeks. We are going to teach the children introductions in Hindi, read some of the fantastic Katha children’s books with them, get them to write their own stories about an imagined, magical trip to India and illustrate it, and then to finish off we are going to everyone doing a bit of Indian dancing!
We couldn’t be more excited! This week I get to order all the sequins and feathers for the illustrations and we have to practice our rather rusty Indian dance moves. I hope the children enjoy the sessions half as much as I have enjoyed planning them.
With the lessons all planned now we can look to organising the celebration event for all the schools in Week 9 of this term. I’m thinking lots of indian food, dressing up, decorations, some bollywood music, the works.
The schools project is really coming together now. We are going into schools around the Lancaster area in Leck, Hornby, Wray with Bottom and Arkholme. The Katha books are on the way and we can get around to the fun part of planning the lessons, full of dance, drama and art!
These are the books we have ordered:
The illustrations are absolutely stunning, I can’t wait until they arrive. Katha publish in English and Hindi – I’m thinking of ordering a Hindi children’s book to help me with my language learning. All the Katha books are for sale here. They publish children and adult, fiction and non-fiction. I have the Manto book Black Margins that I read out in India and would highly recommend.
Lucy Miller and myself interviewed the founder of Katha during our visit to the school last summer. We asked her about the school and the ethos of the company. And we talked about how Lancaster University students can help Katha both at the school and at the publishing house. This interview has been the basis of our society.
The sound is a bit sketchy because of the fan in the room but listen to Geeta’s words, she is such a wise and inspiring woman.
Translating Stories, Changing Lives by Tom Ley
A brilliant article about the beginnings of the Lancaster Katha Society and our hopes for the future.
A video from our visit to the Katha-run school in Delhi, India in 2011