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On writing for children

13 October 2003

'I'm a children's writer. It seems like a simple, elemental thing to be. I feel as close to parents telling stories in the dark as I do to the world of printed literature. I write for young hearts and minds, for readers who are still close to the start of things, who experience elemental joys and fears, who haven't grown tired and cynical, who are still excited by the newness of their world. At the best of moments I feel as if I draw, like the storytelling parents do, on ancient energies'"

Children's writer David Almond in The Times