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inventive words invent new worlds

Try to be clever

Last night was World Book Night. Celebrated on the day of Shakespeare’s birth, it sees volunteers across the country give books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. Bristol Library were doing just that, and hosting a talk by author Melvin Burgess. His Bristol based novel, “Junk”, about two teenagers entrance into the murky world of heroin, won the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s fiction award in 1997. It also, unsurprisingly, saw The Daily Mail and ‘Outraged of Tunbridge Wells’  frothing at the mouth. As he discussed ‘Junk’ and his views on writing for teenagers, Melvin pointed out that children all too often hear the words “Don’t try to be clever”. These words will now be the first we paint on the walls of our eventual home, albeit with a small amend…

Don’t try to be clever.


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This entry was posted on April 24, 2013 by in Inspiration and tagged , , , .
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