New in the Essays
and Articles section: 'Plays for Young People 8 to 18 to
Read and Perform'. This is the Introduction to my Signal Bookguide
published in 1982, in which I tried to draw attention to plays
written for the young which flourished between the 1950s and
the mid-1980s. In that period children's and youth fiction and
poetry were taken more and more seriously by teachers, librarians
and critics. But plays as an important form of literature were
overlooked. Though things have changed since the mid-1980s I
hope my Introduction to the out-of-print guide, which surveys
the long history and the then current state of plays for the
young, might be useful to any who are interested in children's
and youth theatre, in drama-in-education, and in children's
and youth literature.
recently added to the Essays and
Articles section: 'From Page to Stage', which deals with
the adaptation of novels to the stage using the Flemish adaptation
of my novel The Toll Bridge as an example. 'Finding the
Form', which outlines notes towards a poetics of youth literature.
A column on youth literature written for the Italian newspaper
Carrier della Sera. An 'Afterword' written for the Italian
edition of Shadows on the Sand (Ombre sulla sabbia).
New, redesigned editions of the
Chinese translations of Tell Me and The Reading Environment,
including illustrative photographs, have been published by Beijing
United Publishing Co. Ltd.
A Russian translation of Tell
Me with The Reading Environment was published in November
by Samokat Publishing House, Moscow. Translated by Ekaterina
Oleynikova and Eugene Karpov, it includes a Preface by the writer
Olga Gromova and an Afterword by Alexey Oleynikov, a teacher
My Italian publisher Rizzoli launched
their edition of one of my first short youth novels, now called
Shadows on the Sand, in February, with the title Ombre
sulla sabbia, translated by Beatrice Masini. This was originally
published as Marle in 1968. I have revised it for this
I am now helped by literary agents
Stephanie Thwaites and Emma Bailey at Curtis Brown Group, Haymarket
House, 28-29 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP.
contents are ©Aidan Chambers unless otherwise stated.