Literary Birthday – 11 July – Helen Cresswell

Helen Cresswell was born 11 July 1934 and died 26 September 2005.

Five Quotes

  1. The most interesting part of any writer’s life is her childhood. They are the only years that count in the sense that they hold the key to what she writes, and why…. This, after all, is what writers really do–try to make sense of the world.
  2. Log on to your imagination – that’s the real internet – and you can access it just by opening a book.
  3. I write partly in order to find out, and in a sense I do not know what I mean until I have said it. And in the same way as I am operating on this level as a writer, so the reader too is experiencing things which he recognises but has no words for. This is partly what any kind of reading does. It makes accessible all kinds of floating feelings and attitudes and ideas which probably have never been crystallized before.
  4. I don’t believe in linear time. We say we’ve got three dimensions but we don’t know how many dimensions we’ve got. We think we know about Time, but do we?
  5. I have a strong feeling now, as an adult, that I am practically a result of what I read as a child, and yet I am sure that I did not ‘understand,’ in the sense of being able to formulate as an idea, even a fraction of what I read.

Helen Cresswell was an English television scriptwriter and author of more than 100 children’s books. Her most popular book series, Lizzie Dripping, and The Bagthorpe Saga, which started with Ordinary Jack, were also the bases for television series.

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Posted on: 11th July 2015