Shan's WBD Protest

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Darren Shan has pulled out of participation in a World Book Day Blue Peter programme in protest against the decision of the programme editors to focus on Roald Dahl. Shan had originally benn booked to appear in the main Blue Peter programme, but yesterday he heard that the programme would now feature Roald Dahl and that he, Shan, would only be required to do a brief, live interview for the CBBC website.

why, if they're celebrating World Book Day, are they doing a programme about a dead writer who has absolutely nothing to do with this year's WBD crop of books?!? Frankly, I think it stinks. There are 6 WBD books being published and I think they should be focusing on those or other current authors, not dragging out Roald Dahl. Don't get me wrong -- I love Dahl, as I've often said in interviews and on my web site -- I just don't think he's relevant to WBD in 2006, and I don't want to be part of a programme which pretends to pay homage to WBD but unimaginatively skips back into the past to focus on a dead writer. I don't think that's the way forward...

Read the full explanation on his Blog.

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