In Conversation with Beverley Naidoo: On Crossing Boundaries through Reading and Writing

Hope, Julia. 2021. In Conversation with Beverley Naidoo: On Crossing Boundaries through Reading and Writing. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature, 59(2), pp. 67-78. ISSN 0006-7377 [Article]

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Born into a white, middle-class family in Johannesburg, South Africa, children's author Beverley Naidoo grew up under the oppressive apartheid regime until the age of twenty-one. She has written a variety of children’s and young adult novels, picturebooks, collections of short stories, plays, and adult nonfiction. Her books have won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal for The Other Side of Truth, and she also published her PhD, called Through Whose Eyes? Exploring Racism, Reader Text and Context, which investigated the possibilities of challenging racism through reading in a school context. In this article Julia Hope, Head of the MA Children's Literature at Goldsmiths College, asks Beverley to talk about her own education, school themes that arise in her writing, her PhD, and wider perceptions of the educative power of literature.

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23 June 2021Published
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