It isn't a genre into which I have dipped the toes very deeply as yet and I may never do so, but they are undoubtedly extremely important. In fact it is a genre from which I have derived great personal pleasure in reading over the last 60+ years.
The quote above from C S Lewis says it all. There are many children's stories that have a great adult following, including those written by J K Rowling, Philip Pullman and Roald Dahl. In short I believe that a good story is precisely that and enjoyed by a wider audience than genre specific tales.
The discussion has arisen because later this year it will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl. He was born on 13th September 1916 and died in 1990. The city of Cardiff are planning a huge celebration around the anniversary
A casting call has gone out for 6,000 volunteers to take part in a Cardiff production to mark 100 years since Roald Dahl's birth.The City of the Unexpected event needs 2,000 choristers, 1,000 dancers, and 13 magicians - and a performing mouse.
The Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales production will take place on September 17 - 18.
It promises to be a fascinating event as the man's appeal was universal. I'm sure C S Lewis would have loved the Dahl stories. I discovered Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was about 23 years old and read it in a single session. In fact from then onwards I have been delightfully surprised by many of his stories and poetry. He was a fantastic storyteller - a real word artist.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.