Child I (Faber & Faber) was listed as one of the hottest children’s books of summer 2018 by Tes (Times education supplement). He has read from the book at this year’s Hay and Edinburgh Book Festivals. His previous novels Blood Donors and Nobody Saw No One (Walker) were respectively included in the Diverse Voices List of the best 50 childrens books in the last 50 years to celebrate cultural diversity, and included in The Guardian’s choice of Children’s Books Of The Year.
Steve will be reading from the book to young people at Colfox School, but we didn’t want to deny adults the opportunity to hear him. So we will be filming the event, and screening it at the LSI during the following week, and then it will be available for free online.
‘The book (about)… children that every adult should read.’ Faber & Faber
Steve Tasane is a prize-winning writer of young adult fiction and poetry. His latest poignant and compelling book, Child I, tells the story of undocumented children living in a refugee camp in Europe. The son of a refugee himself, he lived in London for most of his life, dropping out of college there because he wanted to ‘experience life rather than read about it’. He became a political activist and a vegan and took on jobs that would pay the bills, but leave him free to organise protest marches and write. He has been a petrol pump attendant, cycle courier, cleaner in a sweet factory, and carer for people with disabilities.
Working with Apples and Snakes poetry group he organised performance poetry shows and a poetry pop group which played at music venues and open-air festivals. Following his work running poetry workshops in schools for the Poetry Society and readings at Literature Festivals he began to write more for children in schools. He says that everything he has learnt in life – about People and Animals and Love and Hate goes into what he writes. Child I and earlier books Nobody Saw No One and Blood Donors are testament to this.
Of Child I he says, ‘it is not my story. But it draws together the links between my own shattered upbringing and that of young refugee children growing up in today’s crisis-defined world. Nothing has really changed. We just want to belong. We just want to not be hungry. We just want to be able to laugh and play. We want to be.’
Faber and Faber video: link https://youtu.be/fEVESqOZX68
Web link: https://stevetasane.wordpress.com/steve-tasane/