An appreciative audience of members of the public, students, staff and alumni attended a presentation by writer and lecturer Dr Mimi Thebo, the latest in the Visiting Writer Series.
Mimi Thebo is a novelist and writer for children and young adults. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, broadcast on Radio Four, signed for deaf children by ITV and adapted for a BAFTA-winning film for BBC Education.
Oxford University Children’s Press is due to publish her latest book, Dreaming the Bear, in February 2016 and Mimi outlined something of her research process as she discussed and demonstrated the three types of address incorporated in her latest work: the narrative voice of the child in the present, the child in distanced observation, and the possible perceptions of the Grizzly Bear.
Mimi’s engaging biography on-line includes the statement ‘she tries to write the truest thing she knows.’ Those ‘truest things’ are evident in Mimi’s already published writing for children, where she tackles difficult issues – of bereavement, for example, or parental betrayal – with an admirable blend of humour and compassion that yet manages to attain an unswerving engagement with the darker nitty-gritty. Ways in which she accomplishes those things were explored and engagingly illustrated during her presentation to us.
The next in the series of Visiting Writer Series is on Thursday, November 19 at 1830 in the Library Lecture Theatre, when Marlene Creates, an environmental artist and poet from Newfoundland, will present her award-winning video-poem.
Entrance is free of charge. For more information contact Hayden Gabriel firstname.lastname@example.org.
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