Posted by: gillarbuthnott | March 5, 2012

Writing in the Ghetto

There’s an article in today’s Scotsman newspaper about the difficulties of being a woman author. It points out, for intance, how few women writers have their books reviewed, or win literary prizes. They are often coralled into genre writing – mainly crime and chick-lit.

I must say that as a children’s writer, I’ve never been aware of any anti-female bias from publishers, reviewers, or, most importantly, readers. I’m not even convinced by the accepted wisdom that girls read books by anyone, but boys only like to be seen reading books written by men. I’m delighted to say that I think children and young adults are more influenced by what’s between the covers than by the name on the front.

However, the Scotsman has convinced me that I am writing in a ghetto: let me quote from their article…

‘Women dominated the Top 10 most borrowed authors list at British libraries for 2011 (although these include children’s writers such as Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and Francesca Simon.)’

So that’s OK then. I’m not in a ghetto because I’m a woman, but because I’m a children’s writer.

D’oh! Thanks for that, Scotsman.


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