At Lantana, we believe all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read. We publish inclusive books celebrating our differences written by authors from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We are honoured to work with some amazing authors and illustrators of South Asian descent, who we are proud to showcase here. Their fun, joyful and stunning picture books celebrate the influence of South Asian cultures on British storytelling traditions.
"What is the right amount of exotic? And at what point does does who we are stop being marketable?"- One secondary school teacher's story about Fearne Cotton, cultural appropriation, and how to speak up and use these conversations as a tool for better understanding.
These ayahs were multi-dimensional, adventurous, loving, (sometimes murderess) women, that are a crucial fabric of British history. Why have they been forgotten? My project seeks to remedy that.
The memories that shape our sense of who we are aren’t always of events we experienced first hand. Memories and relationships to the past can be inherited, communicated across time and reinterpreted by successive generations.
The language of photography and the language of memory are intimately connected. We narrate the stories of our lives in terms of snapshots, images and albums, and our photographs which are amongst our most treasured possessions.
Food is a potent way of evoking personal memory and memories of migration, family life and historical events
I am a bald South Asian woman. Yes, we exist, but I do not blame you for not knowing that. We are unseen and rendered invisible.