All items: children's writing

Roopa Farooki describes some highs and lows on her journey to becoming a published author, and shares advice and encouragement for beginning writers from diverse backgrounds.

Trish Cooke discusses how the Caribbean and Yorkshire have influenced her work as a playwright and children’s book writer, and driven her sense of responsibility towards diverse audiences and characters outside the mainstream.

Karen Wallace describes her experiences selling her books on a market stall, and what this taught her about the realities of making a living from writing.
I should also mention Stan Lee. Spiderman caught criminals and saved lives but had trouble getting a girlfriend. The X-Men saved the world frequently but were somehow hated and misunderstood.
I write fluidly, imaginatively and with great certainty late at night, and in the morning, with caution, trying to unpick my thought processes.

Trish Cooke speaks with Caroline Sanderson about her children’s picturebooks and the eerie prescience of some of her illustrators, exploring fairytales in books and pantomime, and the real-life tragic roots of a dramatic work for Black Lives Matter.

Trish Cooke speaks with Caroline Sanderson about her Dominican heritage, her Yorkshire upbringing, how her parents’ love of stories inspired her as a teller of tales, and how her career kicked off in multiple directions all at once.

Katharine McMahon celebrates the role that public libraries have played in her life, from her earliest discovery of the magic of books as a child, to her later career as a writer.
I'll never forget the delight of that reverential calm as thirty-five young teenagers sat before me, spellbound, silently turning the pages; each engrossed.