On March 21, World Poetry Day is celebrated across the globe, with the aim according to UNESCO ‘of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard’. It’s also Human Rights Day in South Africa and the day on which the day on which Yesterdays and Imagining Realities: An Anthology of SA Poetry is to be launched at the Time of the Writer Festival.
Putting her beliefs into action Lesley herself has written and published over 90 books – some of which have won and been nominated for awards including the Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and Hans Christian Anderson Awards. Born in Scotland and based now in South Africa, all her stories are set in Africa, from picture books for the very young, to teen novels YA, and notably for readers for whom English is a second, third, or even fourth language. But most importantly she’s passing on the skill, because Lesley TEACHES writing – for adults, and for children. In her Writing Life courses, also one of the co-founders of the Children s Book Network. But it’s often assumed writing for children is so much easier than writing for adults – so, is it?