The (not so) Magical World of Emily Gravett
Barnes Children’s Literature Festival: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Emily Gravett: I really wanted to be a witch when I was growing up. It soon became apparent (through an unfortunate incident) that I did not possess the requisite magical powers. It was a massive disappointment.
BCLF: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
EG: When I was little my Mum and Dad told me that art (as a school subject) was just as important as maths or science.
BCLF: And the worst?
EG: When colouring in you should stay in the lines.
BCLF: My favourite word is …
EG: …actually not English. I recently learned the Mandarin for ‘Bus’ is ‘Gong gong qi che’ which I think sounds wonderful.
BCLF: My greatest fear is…
EG: Putting aside all the big fears (the future, stuff happening to my family etc) I think I’m going to have to say wasps, or maybe the dentist, or . . . Actually I’m not listing any more for fear of looking like a real wimp.
BCLF: My hidden talent is…
EG: I don’t have any hidden talents. Why would anyone hide a talent?
BCLF: Favourite book as a child?
EG: My favourite book as a child was John Vernon Lord’s ‘Giant Jam Sandwich’ It was about a village invaded by wasps. The drawings were intricate and engaging, and it had a fantastic rhyming text.
BCLF: Who is your favourite literary villain?
EG: The Big Bad Wolf, although I feel he gets unfairly portrayed far too often. All he really wants is a quiet life, and a good dinner.