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  Advice to young authors and illustrators

 Claire Rosemary Jane |  Joan Aiken |  Philip Ardagh |  Val Biro |
 Malorie Blackman | Quentin Blake | Mark Burgess | David Clayton |
 Helen Cresswell | Peter Dickinson | Berlie Doherty | Anne Fine | Kes Gray |
 Pat Hutchins | Robert Leeson | Jonathon Long | Jan Mark | Alan Macdonald |
 Roger McGough | Barbara Mitchelhill | Tony Mitton | Miriam Moss | Hiawyn Oram  Philip Pullman | Hilary Robinson | Ragnhild Scamell | Nick Sharratt |
 Jeremy Strong | Rhian Tracey |  Chris White |  Gwyneth Williamson | Jacqueline Wilson

(Please note that the authors have contributed their comments but are not able to answer questions from readers unless they specifically say so below.)

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Quentin Blake

The Children's Laureate 1999-2001

Just do it! Don't wait for inspiration -- start writing or drawing, then it comes. Start with anything -- make marks, then look at them and it grows from that.

Writers need practice just as pianists do, so write all the time!

The Children's Laureate is about reading and writing and drawing. They're all magic to me.

An interview with Quentin Blake at Scarthin Books, Cromford

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