Jonathan Coe and Ali Smith will be here to talk about their wonderful retellings for children of the classic tales Antigone and Gulliver.
Ali Smith was born in Inverness, where she was quite good at ice-skating and spent a lot of time on the back of a black Shetland pony called Hodrum. When she was about seven years old she began to write stories and poems. The first poem that she remembers writing was about a girl called Isabel debating with an adder, which was threatening to bite her, about which of them would live the longest. (Isabel won.)
Jonathan Coe was born a long time ago in England, where he still lives. He has written twelve books, among them The House of Sleep and The Rain Before it Falls, but knows that he will never write as beautiful a book as Gulliver’s Travels. His latest novel, Expo 58, is out in September 2013. Save the Story is a library of favourite stories from around the world, retold for today’s children by some of the best contemporary writers.
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