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Episode 32: Big Kids Book Club - Author Interview: Jasbinder Bilan

The Big Kids Book Club Podcast

Hey hey hey! Welcome back to this week’s Author Interview. In this episode, Jasbinder Bilan, author of the Asha and Spirit Bird, and Tamarind and the Star of Ishta, joins me on the show. Jasbinder and I chatted about finding magic in books, wishing to get transported to other worlds through wardrobes, and of course the inspiration she had writing her books, inspired greatly from her childhood. Jasbinder was a great guest to have on the show and we are very grateful she was able to join us on the show. Enjoy! ***COMPETITION*** If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of the Tamarind and the Star of Ishta, then head over to Twitter and follow @BigKidsBookClub. Send us a tweet using the hashtag #TamarindComp and tell us where you'd like to be transported to through a secret magical garden. (UK residents only) The competition closes midnight on 12th February.


5 Feb 2021

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Bex Chats with Jasbinder Bilan Author of 'Tamarind & The Star of Ishta'

Fun Kids Meets

Bex chats with Jasbinder Bilan, author of 'Asha and the Spirit Bird' (Winner ofthe Costa Children's Book Award 2009) about her new book 'Tamarind & The Star of Ishta'. When Tamarind arrives at her ancestral home, she’s full of questions for her extended family. But instead of answers, she finds an ominous silence – and a trickle of intriguing clues.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


11 Sep 2020

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Jasbinder Bilan - an alternative Secret Garden

In the Reading Corner

In this interview, Costa Award-winning author, Jasbinder Bilan, talks about her children's novel Tamarind and the Star of Ishta, a story set in northern India that is infused with mystery and mythology.


30 Aug 2020

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NG Meets...Jasbinder Bilan


It's episode 40 and we're extremely proud to welcome this weeks guest, the award winning author Jasbinder Bilan. We chat to Jasbinder about her debut novel Asha and the Spirit Bird which was a huge success, landing her the 2019 Costa Children's Book Award, and also her upcoming novel Tamarind and the Star of Ishta which is available from September. We also chat about her love of writing growing up and the impact lockdown has had on her work and her experiences of virtual events and festivals, plus she tells us some of the places she misses most about Nottingham - Jasbinder now lives in Bath. We also have an EXCLUSIVE reading from the new novel at the end of the episode so be sure to stick around until the end. Be sure to check out this episode and the head over to Jasbinder's official website for all the latest information, including how you'll be able to get hold of Tamarind and the Star of Ishta when it hits shelves in September.

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28 Jul 2020

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Jasbinder Bilan, Author Of 'Asha and the Spirit Bird', Chats To Bex!

Fun Kids Meets

Bex welcomes Jasbinder Bilan into the studio - she has a brand new book out, 'Asha and the Spirit Bird', which is award-winning!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


10 Mar 2020

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It Takes a Lot of Knocks - talking about first novels with Jasbinder Bilan


Jasbinder Bilan is a debut children’s author and winner of the Times/Chicken House competition and the Costa Children’s Book Award. After a career in teaching she did an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and her first novel was started on that course. She shares her writing journey, why family are so important to her, and how one of the tips she picked up on her course helped her to build the story Asha and the Spirit Bird. Thanks as always to Christopher Pett for production and editing.Links: Jasbinder Bilan: https://www.jasbinderbilan.co.ukChicken House: https://www.chickenhousebooks.comCosta Book Awards: https://www.costa.co.uk/behind-the-beans/costa-book-awards/welcomeBath Spa Writing for Young People MA: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-writing-for-young-people/Cover reveal: https://twitter.com/chickenhsebooks/status/1235158289996013569


9 Mar 2020

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25 February 2020 | Episode 70: Jasbinder Bilan and Kesia Lupo

Down The Rabbit Hole

To discuss this month's crop of new children's books, Katherine and Jack are joined in the studio by two special guests - Costa Children's Book Award winner Jasbinder Bilan and her editor Kesia Lupo, who is also a young adult author.


25 Feb 2020

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153: The Costa Book Awards with Sara Collins, Jack Fairweather, Mary Jean Chan and Jasbinder Bilan

Read On - The Audiobook Show from RNIB

This week, the Costa Book Award Winners in four categoriesSara Collins talks to Robert Kirkwood about her debut novel, ‘The Confessions of Frannie Langton’ (Starts at 1.55)Jack Fairweather reveals the untold story of ‘The Volunteer’ who infiltrated Auschwitz. (17.35)Jasbiner Bilan takes Red Szell on a Himalayan quest with ‘Asha and the Spirit Bird’. (32.45)Poet Mary Jean Chan on her collection, Fleche. (41.15)And we return to Sara Collins for the books of her life (50.10)(We'll have Jonathan Coe next week!)


24 Jan 2020

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Freddie Fox, Costa Children's Prize winner Jasbinder Bilan, theatre ticket pricing

Front Row

Freddie Fox on playing Jeremy Bamber in ITV's new six part factual drama White House Farm, about one fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family were murdered at an Essex farmhouse. The drama, which is based on extensive research, interviews and published accounts, tells the story of how Essex Police initially believed that Bamber’s sister Sheila Caffell had murdered her own family before turning the gun on herself but doubts soon began to emerge.While some London shows sell out immediately and command huge ticket prices and regional theatres struggle to fill venues, we consider how theatres use their ticketing strategy to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. Critic Lyn Gardner, alongside Delia Barker, Programme Director at Camden Roundhouse and Robin Hawkes, Executive Director of Leeds Playhouse, discuss. This week Front Row hears from the winners of each of the Costa Book Award categories. Tonight Jasbinder Bilan talks about her Children’s Book Award winner - Asha & The Spirit Bird - which fuses a children’s adventure story with magical realism.Presenter: Samira AhmedProducer: Julian May


8 Jan 2020