Marie-Therese Schins was born in the Netherlands. Books have been her companions ever since she learned to read and write. She qualified herself as a librarian for children in poetry, library therapy and painting.
Since 1974, she has been working as an independent author, journalist and painter in Hamburg with lectureships for creative writing in the field of language and communication, children and youth literature at the university HAW Hamburg.
As a real globetrotter she is travelling around the world since 20 years, working wherever she goes with children and youngsters. With more than six visits, India has become a well-established part of her orbit. She has published several successful books and was honoured a number of times, for example, the highest decoration of the 'Round Table India', the 'Louis Marchesi Fellow' decoration in gold in 2008.
And now Marie-Therese Schins will visit the Indo-German Urban Mela in Chennai with her new book about India, "Akhil Cockroach and Neena Stinkfish". With elan and empathy she will tell the story about a girl and a boy in today’s India, Neena and Akhil, who want to break out of the fixed conventions of their families.
An acclaimed writer of children’s books, Marie-Thérèse Schins has been involved with setting up libraries in 15 schools in Kerala. Just the right person for a spell of “Once upon a time”.