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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bringing her readers on the journey

“I love writing picture books and story books because of the exciting, visual life that artists and illustrators give to them. And most of all, I love writing novels because of the inner, emotional journeys that they take me on. Hopefully, the reader comes with me!” – Berlie Doherty

Doherty, who celebrates her 73rd birthday today, is a British novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.  Best known for her children's books, for which she has twice won the Carnegie Medal, she has also written many plays for theatre, and radio and television series.   “I love writing plays,” she said,  “because they are living, fluid things that are energized by the producer, designers, musicians, actors and audience.”

Her books encompass multiple genres, some drawing on her experiences as a social worker and others on social issues.   The award-winning Dear Nobody focuses on teen pregnancy, while The Snake-Stone is about adoption.  Her recent books tackle maladies like child trafficking (Abela: The Girl Who Saw Lions) and homelessness 
 (Far from Home: The Sisters of Street Child).
And a major focus of many of her works are                   
settings along rivers, lakes and seas.    “I love to watch the movement of light on water, and I love to play in rivers and lakes, swimming or canoeing,” Doherty said.  “I am fascinated by people who work with water - fishermen, boatmen - and by a way of life that is dominated by water.”

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