Rina Singh was born in India and grew up in a small town where there were no public libraries. She went to a convent school, run by Catholic nuns. However, the school library was well stocked and she grew up loving books. She studied English literature and immigrated to Canada in 1980. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Concordia University and a teaching degree from McGill University, Montreal. She is an internationally published children's author and has written many books for children including A Forest of Stories, which has been translated in several languages, including Spanish and Korean. Her most recent publications are Nearly Nonsense, Guru Nanak: The First Sikh Guru and Hindi for Heart, which she did in collaboration with the Oscar winning Indian lyricist, Gulzar.
Rina has done readings and workshops in literary festivals across Canada. She recently presented at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (2014) in Singapore. She is also a photographer and has had a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She teaches writing, drama, and art in Toronto.
The world fascinates her and she has a deep interest in different cultures, especially their stories. She believes that reading stories of others gives us tools to adjust our own view on life and sharing our own stories reassures us that we matter. It is the same fascination that compels her to travel to different parts of the world and photograph people and places.
Rina’s daughter is a photographer, traveler, and teacher and her son recently moved to San Francisco. Rina lives with her husband in Toronto where she continues to teach, write, and dream of far away lands.