23 December 1947 (age 73)
Writer, Poet, Translator, Educator
Deepa Agarwal is a writer, poet and translator from Delhi, India. She is one of India’s leading writers of children’s books today. She writes adult fiction too. She has to her credit 50 books.
- Learn to write your own stories with author Deepa Agarwal HCCBatHome
- Interview with Deepa Agarwal Author Poetess with The Policy Times
- Awards and Honors
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Interview with Deepa Agarwal Author Poetess with The Policy Times
Deepa Agarwal was born on 23 December 1947 in Almora, Uttarakhand, India to Nancy nee Joshi and Dr. Allan Arthur Rawat. Her father was a medical practitioner and her mother a teacher and later headmistress of a government girls’ school. She was the fourth of six siblings. Deepa received her early education at Almora at Adams Girls’ School. At the age of seven her parents admitted her in a boarding school, St. Mary’s Convent, also known as Ramnee, in the nearby hill-station of Naini Tal. When she was thirteen they shifted her to La Martiniere Girls’ School in Lucknow. After school she joined Allahabad University and did her M.A. in English Literature. She started her career as a lecturer in English at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College in Delhi.
Presently, she lives in Delhi with her husband, Dilip Agarwal and has three daughters Garima, Sonali and Geetika.
Awards and Honors
She has received the N.C.E.R.T National Award for Children’s Literature for her picture book Ashok’s New Friends published by Children’s Book Trust, in 1992-93 and the first prize in The Asian Age short story competition for her story “Cradle Song” as well as several prizes for fiction and short stories in the Children’s Book Trust Competitions for Writers. Her historical fiction Caravan to Tibet was selected for the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Honour List 2008 as the best book from India and translated into Korean. Five of her titles have been listed in the White Raven Catalogue of notable books brought out by the IYL Munich.
She has received fellowships to research children’s literature from the Austrian government and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and contributed many articles to journals and websites. She has also presented papers at many conferences at India and abroad.