+612 9045 4394
Talking Books : Children's Authors Talk About the Craft, Creativity and Process of Writing - James Carter

Talking Books

Children's Authors Talk About the Craft, Creativity and Process of Writing

Paperback Published: 20th May 1999
ISBN: 9780415194174
Number Of Pages: 288

Share This Book:


RRP $186.99
or 4 easy payments of $34.38 with Learn more
Ships in 7 to 10 business days

Talking Books sets out to show how some of the leading children's authors of the day respond to these and other similar questions. The authors featured are Neil Ardley, Ian Beck, Helen Cresswell, Gillian Cross, Terry Deary, Berlie Doherty, Alan Durant, Brian Moses, Philip Pullman, Celia Rees, Norman Silver, Jacqueline Wilson, and Benjamin Zephaniah.
They discuss with great enthusiasm:
*their childhood reading habits
*how they came to be published
*how they write on a daily basis
*how a particular book came together
*a type of writing that they are especially known for.
Through in-depth interviews, they each reveal their approach to their craft. Much is know and spoken of the product that is the children's book, but it is rare that writers are given the opportunity to talk at length about the process of writing for children. Talking Books redresses the balance by presenting a wide selection of authors (of fiction, non-fiction and poetry) reflecting upon the joys and challenges of the craft, creativity and process of writing for children.

Industry Reviews

"" Talking Books invites the reader into the creative processes involved in writing and illustrating books for children...there is much in" Talking Books that would appeal to a range of readers...." -Phillip Nel, The Lion and The Unicorn, 2001

Introduction: Talking about this bookp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
'The Lost Angels'
'Readathon Sleepathon'
specialist subject - compiling anthologies
'Civil Lies'
Specialist subject - performing poetry
Peter and the Wolf
Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs
Specialist subject - illustrating text
The Way Things Work
Eyewitness Guide No. 12: Music
Specialist subject - working with editors
Bloody Scotland
Shakespeare Stories
Specialist subject - series publishing
The Piemakers
Specialist subject - writing for television: Lizzie Dripping, Moondial, The Demon Headmaster
The Demon Headmaster
Specialist subject - libraries
Dear Nobody
The Snake-stone
Specialist subject - writing books in school
Mouse Party
Specialist subject - writing for different ages
His Dark Materials 1: Northern Lights
Specialist subject - working with illustrators
Blood Sinister (Point Horror)
Specialist subject - writing horror and the horror phenomenon
The Blue Horse
Specialist subject - methods of research
Double Act
The Suitcase Kid
Specialist subject - working with Nick Sharratt
A miscellany of information on children's books: advice on author visits
Advice for adults on writing for children
Annual book events and festivals
Competitions - children's own writing
Competitions - adults writing for children
Information centres and children's book organisations
MA courses in Children's Literature
Magazines and journals
Northern Children's Book Festival
Reference texts and further reading
Table of Contents provided by Syndetics. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415194174
ISBN-10: 0415194172
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 20th May 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.78  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1