About Jasbinder Bilan
According to family stories, Jasbinder was born in a stable in the foothills of the Himalayas. Until she was a year and a half, she lived on a farm inhabited by a grumpy camel and a monkey called Oma.
Jasbinder graduated from Bath Spa University where the seeds of her story were nurtured, but it was the incredible bond with her grandmother which was the inspiration for Asha & the Spirit Bird, her Costa Award-winning debut novel.
She lives with her husband, two teenage boys and dog Enzo in a man pad and splits her time between teaching and writing.
Accolades and awards
- ASHA & THE SPIRIT BIRD
WINNER of the Costa Children's Book Award 2019
WINNER of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2017
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020
Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2020
- TAMARIND & THE STAR OF ISHTA
WINNER of the Indie Children's Book Award 2021
Longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2020
Jasbinder Bilan in the news
Announcing the winners of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition
And the winners of the 2022 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition are …
And the winner is ...
There's been lots of lively discussion this week as our panel of judges gathered to discuss this year’s incredible Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition and IET 150 Award shortlists. The journey to choosing our winners was no easy task ...