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Interviews with Children's Authors


Atif Ali (awaiting transcription)

Feeling that there was something missing in contemporary children's literature, Atif turned his hand to writing and self-publishing Theodore the Thoughtful and Ruby the Resilient. Find out why he thought this was a necessary move soon!

Laura Wood, Chantal Wright, and Leila Rasheed

Warwick is certainly not short of children's writers as can be seen from the interviews with its famous graduates below. However, there are still three amazing children's writers and translators on campus and I will be conducting interviews with all three of them in the next couple months. Warwick children's writers...gotta catch 'em all!

Anne Fine (November, 2014)

Anne Fine is one of the biggest and enduring names in children's literature (not to mention a Warwick graduate) and I was lucky enough to interview her for Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal. Click here to read the paper.

Sarah Crossan (July, 2013)

Sarah Crossan is a two-time Carnegie Medal short-listed children's author who did her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Literature and MA in Creative Writing here at Warwick. Initially after leaving university Sarah became a teacher but since the success of her beautiful verse-novel The Weight of Water and her dystopian YA novel Breathe she has been able to switch to writing full time. I was lucky enough to interview Sarah about her writing and how her Phil Lit degree affected her life. Click here to read the interview.

Sally Nicholls (May, 2013)

I organised for award-winning children's author and Warwick Philosophy and Literature graduate Sally Nicholls to return to her undergraduate home to speak to both the Creative Writing Department and Philosophy and Literature Society.

Before Sally spoke to the Phil Lit Society, I interviewed her to find out about her writing experiences, her thoughts on the intersection between children's literature and philosophy, the role of death in her novels, and much more. Check out the interview by hitting play below: