CHILDREN NEED SPACE EVERY DAY TO READ – TO LAUGH AND CRY OVER A STORY – AND TO HAVE NOTHING ASKED IN RETURN.
Richard Freeman’s special guest this week is Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
Frank is one of the UK’s most beloved novelists for children as well as an accomplished screenwriter – known for his collaborations with directors Michael Winterbottom and Danny Boyle. In 2012, Frank was appointed the inaugural Professor of Reading at Liverpool Hope University.
His first novel, Millions, also a successful stage play and film, won the 2004 Carnegie Medal and was voted by British librarians as that year’s best book for children.
Frank’s other books have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award. Frank is a prolific screenwriter, with a career spanning much-loved TV from Brookside and Coronation Street to Dr Who, and films as varied as 24 Hour Party People, Goodbye Christopher Robin and the Oscar-nominated Hilary & Jackie.
This conversation was recorded in March 2018, talking about the discipline of writing, the imperative creativity of reading and Frank’s role in creating the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics – an event seen by many as a generation-defining celebration of British culture and identity.
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This podcast was presented by Richard Freeman for always possible and was produced and edited by CJ Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts.