Saturday, 12 February 2011

On writing for children

Yet another celebrity has made a statement about children's literature, and nobody in the child lit community is surprised. Philip Nel has commented on it, and I haven't got much to add, except one thought. Why would anyone ask a celebrity like Amis whether he might consider writing a children's book? Why don't they ask him whether he would like to climb Mount Everest or dance Swan Lake? But writing children's books has become a practice with celebrities, so apparently this is just as trivial question as "Would you like to win the Nobel Prize".

1 comment:

Clémentine B said...

I haven't watched the whole programme but apparently he just randomly made that comment without the interviewer asking. You can tell it's a big worry for him. I think he should ask Salman Rushdie about the effects of 'brain damage'.