I'm grateful to my 10- to 13-year-old “test” readers: Sam Bull, Natalya Wells, Felix Faber, Clare Liddicoat and Matilda Kay I sent them the first half of the book and a nervous questionnaire. They responded with intelligence (of course), but also with enthusiasm - which was a gift. Matilda even drew pictures.
I thank my sister Jackie. I'm thirteen years older than she is and I used to tell her stories. Now she tells me stories. She told me about an art project she was doing with the residents of St Edberg's, Bicester. I was privileged to listen to some of the Elders. I acknowledge their wisdoms. I also thank my Great Aunt Dorothy, aged 91. With her great gentleness she told me about memory.
I'm grateful to Dan Yashinsky, whose wonderful book, the Story
teller at Fault (Ragweed) led me to the Silent Prince and the
Firebird stories. Yashinsky retells the stories from the Cree and
the Iroquois and I retell them from him. Thus go stories.
And I thank the chance that led me, one day, to a huge, derelict house in downtown Hove and the powerful feeling that I just had to go in…