There’s Something About Islands

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As a children’s author, I’ve been visiting schools for over ten years now, and it’s one of the most surprising things to learn, when you first start doing the rounds, that each school is different. No two are alike, but after ten years, it’s rare that you come across a school that really makes you […]

Foreign Correspondence: The Curious Incident of the BBC Radio Show

“Why are we all reading children’s books?” That was the question raised in February by the acerbic cultural critic Norman Lebrecht on Radio 3, the BBC’s high-brow arts station. He grappled with the question with the aid of a panel consisting of children’s writers Anne Fine and Anthony Horowitz; Howard Jacobson, acclaimed author of adult […]