Just happened to catch the ABC program Lingua Franca today with David Malouf talking about school readers, particularly his experience in Queensland and how three generations of Queensland children heard the same stories (of persistence, obedience, stoicism) and poems and the effect that might have. Although he questioned the relevance of much of the writing to most children he also described them as ‘an excellent beginning for the writer to be’.
It made me think of those Readers I had, and the kinds of poems and stories I heard there that might have somehow shaped the kind of writing I later liked, and wrote myself.
The program has a full transcript online here or you can download and listen to the audio of the program at this link:
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