Literary Birthday – 5 July – Jill Murphy

Jill Murphy was born 5 July 1949 and died 18 August 2021.

Five Quotes

  1. My earliest memory (my mum tells me I was two), is sitting on the kitchen floor surrounded by sheets of drawings.
  2. I could always draw my way out of trouble if we had a tricky history project!
  3. I still feel more comfortable in the company of children, so it’s natural I should write something about things they appreciate.
  4. I wanted to write about girls who were misfits, like I was, with unfashionably long, dark, straggly hair, and a heroine who was as hopeless as I was but for whom it came out all right in the end.
  5. I always speak the dialogue aloud to see if it sounds natural.

Jill Murphy was an English writer and illustrator of children’s books, best known for the Worst Witch novels.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 5th July 2014