Lunch with a Legend


 I had lunch with children’s author Gwen Grant today. It’s thanks to Gwen I’m a published writer. She took me under her wing when I was starting out and  allowed me to bombard her with my inept rantings. It’s through her generosity, kindness, encouragment that I found enough confidence to start sending work out to publishers. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Gwen’s own body of work is considerable. Lucy Mangan of The Guardian described her first book ‘Private Keep Out’ as: ‘the funniest children’s book ever written.’

I agree. ‘Private Keep Out’ is one of those feelgood books you return to time and time again. It’s a full-on nostalgia fest like ‘Call the Midwife’ but for 8-12 year olds and without all the screaming …

Gwen is also a poet and a picture book writer. I use Race Day if I’m ever on a school visit and have a KS1 class (which isn’t very often – the little ‘uns scare me more than the Y10s!)

 Cheers, Gwen; it was grand to see you 🙂


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