Tuesday, March 12, 2013

News at Eleven: There is a feisty damsel in distress,

a Cinderella who wants a motorbike and a host of "bad" characters, like the ugly sisters, the wolf and the beast, who tell their side of the story.

"I was conscious that our perception of fairytales is coloured by the cosmetic, Walt Disney version", Agard explains. "Through poetry you make people reflect and you name and un-name things, such as the absurdity of an expression, like the poem Half-Caste. Through humour and satire you get children to think about quite relevant and serious things."

from The Telegraph: John Agard: 'I feel an empathy with the bad characters'


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