Lauren Child: Looking for new material - Times Online

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Lauren Child Featire by Kate Muir

Deservedly featured many times before, it is always good to find a new piece about one of the indisputable stars of contemporary children's literature.

"The question that I must get asked the most, which I'm most dumbfounded about, is: 'How do you write for children when you don't have any children?'" Child scowls down into her Moomintroll coffee mug. At 39, she has a boyfriend, but no children so far. "Would you ask most writers that? Do you ask a crimewriter if he's committed any murders recently? Childhood: we've all been there." She continues: "Writing is all about observation. That's your job. I remember Alan Bennett saying writers are very cruel people because they are always looking for those little oddnesses. It's a kind of curiosity, that's what you have to have."

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