Once Upon A Time: Radio Interview

Talking about At The End of Holyrood Lane with Uni the Unicorn. Photo courtesy of Peter Allert

When ABC Radio Gold Coast's, Josie Sargent invited me to join her on her Once Upon A Time segment to chat about writing books and their impact on social issues within our communities, how could I say no.

Armed with my trusty copy of At The End of Holyrood Lane, I headed to one of my favourite beachside suburbs on the Gold Coast, Mermaid Beach and enjoyed a relaxed morning of book sharing and story telling.

Not every story I write has an issue I want to hammer home. Quite the contrary. I believe children's stories must cause their readers to 'move and shake' first and foremost. Move either physically with laughter, joy or some other emotion relevant to the story. Shake with amazement, awe, acknowledgement, and fun! If these reactions are the result of recognising a fundamental underlying message or theme secreted within the story, all the better. Ultimately, we write though because we have something to say, something we have to share and simply can't keep bottled up.

As we head into May and Domestic Violence Prevention month, it is precisely this edict that we need to make; to reach out (for help and support), let go (to fear), say no (to physical and mental abuse). I hope my humble little picture book-attempt to help children 'mirror and window' their way through their fears is one step closer to making a difference.

Tune into this interview with Josie to hear more.


Read what I learned about facing fears in a previous blog post and discover where you can find support and solace from yours if you need it.


Norah Colvin said…
What a great interview, Dimity. You share so many pearls of wisdom. At the End of Holyrood Lane is perfect for initiating discussions about domestic violence this month. I hope readers leap from there into your other books too.
DimbutNice said…
Ah, Norah, you are too kind. Thank you. I hope so too, but also that they are able to reach out more through books to reach children in matters like this. Children can't always do it for themselves, make choices at such a young age. It's more about educating their carers and gatekeepers first. :-)

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