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BfK No. 45 - July 1987
Cover Story The startling illustration on our cover is by John Marriott and is taken from the cover of the paperback edition of The Willow Street Kids (Piccolo, 0 330 29701 5, £1.75). We are grateful to Piccolo for help in using this illustration.
Last year Alison Prince and 21 children aged seven to eleven wrote a book together. The project, sponsored by Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts and made possible by a contract from publisher Marilyn Malin, lasted two terms. It had an enormous impact on the tiny two-classroom school on the edge of the fen.
Chris Gudgin, a teaching head whose class Alison Prince worked with, describes what happened when 21 juniors collaborated on writing a novel.