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Posted by Sacha Mason

May 30th 2010

I read your piece in the TES about your reflections on the need to talk about sex and relationships with children and young people. This had real resonance with some research that I conducted in primary schools for my Masters Degree and I am disapppointed that it looks like the new government is not intending to persue the compulsory status of Sex and Relationship Education as part of the curriculum. My research suggested that children wanted and needed a wealth of information about sex and relationships and that those caring for them cannot, as you suggest, 'afford to 'stand aside'. I am committed to raising awareness of the wider implications of not addressing these issues with children and am currently writing a book for professionals working with children. I celebrate your ambition to use literature as a way of offering some 'alternative versions of love and sex'.

William Nicholson responded:

I'd love to see your research, if that's possible. Perhaps it would be better to wait for you to complete your book. Keep me on your list.

Posted by jan castillo

May 29th 2010

do you have a facebook account? what is it? i'd like to be your friend..

William Nicholson responded:

I'm not on Facebook - maybe I should be? I'm not sure what I'd use it for. Likewise Twitter.

Posted by jan castillo

May 29th 2010

hey william! i really love the wind on fire trilogy. i've read in the reading group guide that there were many offers to make the trilogy into a movie but you accepted not one offer. why? please make it into a movie! it's great!! the story is so great! i really love mumpo's character. so please, please, accept the offers. i'd love to see how mumpo looks like..

William Nicholson responded:

I didn't want a film until the books were all out and read. By the time I was ready to say yes, there were no decent offers. Maybe one day...

Posted by k. dess

May 28th 2010

Unfortunately marketing often has a heavy hand in the fate of a work. While the story of your film Firelight seems to dovetail with the renewed interest in the works of Jane Austen, the dialogue is modern and subtle. Maybe a reissue of the DVD presented more creatively would bring it to the attention of a larger audience. It is always a pleasure to encounter work like yours, sorely needed as counterpoint to the bombast of much that we encounter today. Thank You

William Nicholson responded:

I'd love to have a reissue, or even an issue of the DVD - but the matter isn't in my hands. I'm delighted you liked my one and only film as a writer-director.

Posted by Wendy

May 27th 2010

Hi William, I came across you in a most bizarre way - searching for Bramber Lodge, Seaford. I was a pupil in the early 60's and have such fond memories for all the arts and crafts I was taught. How is it I have retained the excitement of those early lessons in creativity to this day I often ask myself? And yet I find in a diary my late mother kept that she thought I had 'too much play' so moved me out. My Question was to ask if you have the name of the lady who ran the school? I doubt she will be alive now at 104, but I am very grateful for the time I had there. As my husband I love H P Lovecraft and the realms of Fantasy we will be checking out your novels straight away. Thanks Wendy

William Nicholson responded:

She was called Mrs Hardy. I'm sure she's dead now. Yes, it was a lovely school, and I'm sure 'too much play' made me the person I am now. Fond memories indeed - I left Bramber Lodge 55 years ago.

Posted by Hattie

May 27th 2010

I saw you at the Hay festival today and saw you talking about Rich and Mad. I was interested and really enjoyed it! I wanderd what made you get the idea of writing a Teen novel when your books are normally fantisy tales? I liked the way you really were interested in what we thought about love and sex. Eaven though I am 12 I do think about it and I was pleased that you were able to write a book about the emotional side of sexual intercorse. Best wishes Hattie

William Nicholson responded:

Thanks for your post - and maybe you'll get a chance to read the book and let me know what you think. It's true my books are normally fantasy stories, but even they have characters in them who are like us, sort of, and have feelings. So I think all I'm doing is moving on into the real world. As for why I've written it: I think someone needs to write a book like this. Don't you?