Sat, 12 June 2021

10:00 am - 10:45 am BST

Inkspots with Sita Brahmachari

Author of When Secrets Set Sail

Have you ever wondered how the past can affect the present? Join Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winner Sita Brahmachari and discover how reality unravels when history rises from the dead.

Immy’s and Usha’s home is full of history and secrets – and one day, ghosts.

With promises left unfulfilled, these ghosts are unable to pass on to the other side. As more and more start filling the house, the two clashing sisters are forced into action.

Accompanied by two bickering ghosts, the girls must journey across London in a desperate race against time to find a series of objects that will shine a magical light on their family’s history. 

Can they all work together to uncover the secrets of the past in order to save their future?

Topical themes of home and belonging, family and diaspora, resonate throughout this timely novel from the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winner.

This online talk is a rare opportunity for readers to explore this scintillating adventure with the author and ask her questions about her poignant bestseller.

It will be sure to inspire young readers to question their own local histories and explore these hidden stories.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from one Britain’s leading storytellers, who is working to bring new voices and histories to children’s fiction.


Inkspots is a new series of free, weekly livestream events connecting young minds with their favourite authors and storytellers. Join live on Saturday mornings or watch a replay at your leisure.

This event is held in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life. You can find out more about their work, access their resources and donate here.

Illustration © Evan Hollingdale 2020

Sita Brahmachari

Author and Amnesty International Ambassador

Sita Brahmachari, an author passionate about championing inclusiveness, was the 2015 Booktrust Writer in Residence and recipient of an honour from the International Board of Books for Young People. She’s the current Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, as well as an Amnesty International ambassador. She lives in London with her family.