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Published on Sunday 29th April 2012 by DJ Kirkby

Since I began my post as Writer in Residence for Portsmouth libraries I have done a lot of work with children in schools.  This has led to my Facebook author page being brightened up by photographs of me surrounded by hundreds of school children.

Last week was great fun and (in-between working full time at my other two jobs)  included a visit to Rant Studio on Wednesday to record an hour of my writing for a podcast. This will be released in 15 minute increments on the (free) Portsmouth Writers App.

Friday was spent helping the students at Copnor Infants School create stories. In teams of two or three they came up with 94 flash fiction stories which will be included in the WeLL What’s Your Story collection.

What did your week have to offer you?

8 comments so far

  • Of course, the assumption that you write books for children also reflects a sad direction society is going in in general. Everyone from parents to ratings boards to lawmakers assumes that because something is fiction, it is obviously intended for children. A lot of what I write, fiction or otherwise, is intended from the get-go to protest this. It must be very frustrating for you when you get feedback from people who assume you write for an audience that you do not.

    My desire to break into fiction writing honestly gets weaker every time I see the infantile garbage out there that is marketed to adults as a result of such assumptions. It is a mess.

    • Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment Dean. I am not offended by the fact that people assume I write for children….I think it is an understandable presumption because I am an author who works a lot in schools due to my post as a writer in residence. Normally it is children’s authors who are invited to spend time in schools teaching children how to write, and rightly so. However, I would be very happy if I could develop the skills to write children’s books (as well as fiction for adults) as I consider it a gift to be able to give children stories to escape into and grow from.

    • This is interesting. Dean, you say:

      “Everyone from parents to ratings boards to lawmakers assumes that because something is fiction, it is obviously intended for children.”

      Can you give some examples of what you mean? Can you think what it is that distinguished “adult” from “child” fiction? I can’t get hold of what you’re saying without you giving examples of what you are writing about.


      Matt Wingett
      Freelance Writer.

    • Hello! Thanks for reading and commenting on my post. You are correct, I do have huge respect for authors who write for children and young people. The reason or this is because the majority of us fall in love with reading from an early age so you pave the way for us authors of adult fiction to have a readership when your readers grow up. So, thank you!

    • Thanks Miriam,
      I have tried several times to write fiction for children but it feels like work which is different to who compulsive writing fiction for adults feels. I think it’s not for me despite wanting it to be. I will stick to vein grateful that I am able to spend this year as a writer in residence talking to children about writing, reading and helping them to create stories of their own. On another note – I am reading Illegal at the moment – it’s super duper good!

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