Sunny Singh is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, Nani’s Book of Suicides, published in 2000, was described as a “first novel of rare scope and power”. The Spanish translation of the novel won the inaugural Mar de Letras Prize in 2003. Her second book, a work of nonfiction titled Single in the City: The Independent Woman’s Handbook, was a first-of- its-kind exploration of single women in contemporary India and was described as “witty and insightful”. Her most recent novel Hotel Arcadia (Quartet Books, 2015) has received rave reviews. The Independent described the novel as “powerful and absorbing”. Her groundbreaking study of Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan is forthcoming with BFI/Palgrave. Her short stories have been published by prestigious international literary journals including The Drawbridge, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and World Literature Today. Her creative nonfiction has been published across the world in key journals and anthologies. She also writes for newspapers and magazines, in Spanish and English, across the globe. Sunny also comments on aspects of politics and culture on radio and television, and has appeared on BBC World, BBC News, Radio Four, ITV News and Sky News.
Pop Up Projects are a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, established in 2011. Since 2015 we have been an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation – NPOs represent “some of the best arts practice in the world, and play a vital role in helping meet the Arts Council’s mission”.
We firmly believe that access for all children and families to the broadest range of published, live and digital literature is a universal right.
In all our work we facilitate access to rich and meaningful literary experiences for children and young people, schools (primary, secondary, SEN) and families – especially in diverse, deprived, isolated and otherwise challenged communities.
We achieve this principally through our work with schools, particularly Pop Up Festival, during which we work with whole schools and key stages to place authors and their contemporary books at the heart of literacy/English learning and teaching. We also facilitate artist-led participatory and collaborative activities, connecting and resourcing exceptional artists to co-create great literature and stories with children and young people. We often work in partnership with libraries, museums, galleries and other arts / cultural spaces.
Children’s authors are exceptional role models and often gifted teachers; by harnessing their story-crafting skills we develop imaginative approaches to cultivating change in reading and writing attitudes, behaviours and skills. We work with over 300 published authors – from star names to first-time published – and every major children’s publisher in the UK. Our work invests in the literature economy by commissioning authors (and never asking them to volunteer) and by purchasing books at a modest discount (because books aren’t free) so that publishers earn a little.
We are also heavily involved in nurturing and investing in diverse talent. Projects like Pathways into Children’s Publishing aim to ensure that the next generation of children’s authors is more ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse. We are champions of translation and multilingualism, giving voice to the under-represented and facilitating international connections and cultural exchange.
Everything we achieve, we achieve through collaboration and partnership working locally, regionally, nationally, internationally.