Today’s blog offers two extracts from ‘Violet’ my new novel, plus violet coloured wool, lavender sprigs, and sweet-scented books! In the photograph ‘Violet’ is on top of the pile because it has just arrived from the printers, a month ahead of its publication date. Underneath are the two other ‘Lavender Blues’ novels. Though linked, all three books stand alone and can be read independently.
Leslie: Firstly, I’d like to ask you about how you became involved in May Contain Nuts – your personal route, how the company has developed, its purpose and repertoire.
Lyanne: My personal journey in May Contain Nuts started with drama therapy. Initially I was sceptical of drama therapy doing anything for me, I just couldn’t figure out how it could possibly help me sort through this thick goop of memories and emotions and toxic thoughts that were all running around my brain at high speed. Continue reading END THE STIGMA – ON STAGE→
I interviewed author Chitra Soundar about diversity in children’s writing and her own books. Chitra is an Indian-born British writer, based in London, who has an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University.
Chitra’s journey as a children’s author began early. As a lover of stories and a multi-linguist, she taught herself to read English by simply looking for hours at words and pictures; later she wrote songs for puppet shows for her Economics projects and won the Best Poetry Award in Junior College. As an undergraduate, Chitra’s essay on the state of education in India, written in Tamil, won the first prize in the all-state competition. Chitra says about herself today, “I fill my world with nephews, taking photos of flowers and birds, going to museums and attending dancing classes.” Continue reading CHITRA SOUNDAR: DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS→
Writing from Norway, Bente Reimers Moe describes the diverse and exciting ways Norwegian children (and adults) are encouraged to enjoy the arts. Bente, who is a librarian and arts activist, gives this picture of central support for local cultural activity:
‘The Cultural Schoolbag, TCS, is a government-funded educational programme designed to give all Norwegian school students access to a wide range of quality art and culture.
I interviewed poet and author Sophia Blackwell about LGBTQI visibility in British writing today. Sophia, who hosts regularly for Apples and Snakes, has performed at the Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals. Her writing has appeared in Trespass, Rising, Fuselit anthologies and Pen Pusher, the Oxford Muse book, ‘Guide to an Unknown City,’ and in Paul Burston’s anthology of gay short fiction, ‘Boys and Girls’ and its follow-up ‘Men and Women.’ Sophia has three published books: two poetry collections, Into Temptation and The Fire Eater’s Lover; and a novel, After My Own Heart.