BLOG 1 16/09/2016
How I started writing about Polly and the pirates.
I was inspired by the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games. In his closing speech, Sir Phillip Craven told of how a young boy was reading with his mother. In the book he saw a man with an eye patch, a hook for a hand, a parrot on his shoulder and a wooden leg. When asked who it was, he said: “Well he has only one leg, so he must be an Olympian.” Such was the strength of the London 2012 Paralympics that it changed peoples’ perceptions of disability forever.
It also changed my perceptions forever too and what I wanted to say to young people.
The speech made me both laugh and cry and gave me the inspiration for this series of books about the adventures of Polly the parrot and her pirates as they compete for GOLD in their own Paralympics – the Piralympics.
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