The Mauritian Bestiary

French version

Reading and discussion with the author

Shenaz Patel

Saturday 29th April at 1pm
Basement, Alliance Française, 51 Grey Street ST KILDA
Free entry
Talk in English

The Alliance Française is delighted to present Shenaz Patel's most recent children's book: 'The Mauritian Bestiary'.

The Mauritian Bestiary and other stories

The Mauritian bestiary which was published in December of 2016 by Atelier des Nomades, is an album of new and contemporary stories written by Shenaz Patel and illustrated by Emmanuelle Tchoukriel. The 9 stories accompanied by the watercolour pictures take the reader on a voyage into the heart of Mauritian wildlife, with messages of friendship, love and environmental protection.


About the Author

Shenaz Patel (born 1966) is a Mauritian, Francophone, Creolophone and Anglophone writer. She writes plays, novels, short stories, tales and articles as an independent journalist. Patel writes with her heart on social events and situations for which she militates for equality between women and men, practice of human and children rights, poverty, political abuse, genocide and any form of injustice.

Well known in the francophone literature, she has received various literature prizes such as the Prix Soroptimist de la Romancière francophone for her book 'Le Silence de Chagos' in 2005. Her great passion for children and their well-being motivated her commitment to youth literature.

About the Illustrator

Emmanuelle Tchoukriel was born in Lyon in 1982. She graduated from “L’Ecole Estienne” in Paris where she specialised in medical and scientific illustrations, afterwards deciding to become an illustrator for youth literature. Her work includes illustrations for Albin Michel Jeunesse (the collection of 'Illustrated Inventories' created with Virginie Aladjidi), Thierry Magnier ('Le calme de la nuit', 'Envole toi'), and Nathan ('Nos saisons', 'Coffrets Montessori')Mauritian Bestiary is her first collaboration with Ateliers Des Nomades.

About the Publishing House 

Ateliers Des Nomades is a Franco-Mauritian publishing house founded by Corinne Fleury and Anthony Vallet. It publishes books with strong visuals for its youth literature catalogue with a strong focus on different cultures and ideas to inspire creativity among its readers.

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