is creating The Deeper Reading podcast

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Two dollars will go a long way to helping me produce fortnightly episodes about wonderful children’s book creators. Thanks!

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You are super generous! As well as my eternal gratitude let me send you whatever bonus material I have - that includes the full, uncut interview as well as any photos or videos I might take.


Deeper Reading is a podcast that explores the furthest recesses of great authors bookshelves and rummages around in illustrators studios, uncovering the books that have helped to fire their own imaginations.

I will be mostly talking to creators of books for children – novels, comics and picture books – great artists who don’t always get the coverage they deserve. In each programme you’ll hear about a book that had an impact on the creation one of their own stories. The intention is to take us deep into the ideas, characters and themes that interest them.

I’ve been writing about children’s books on my blog - tygertale.com - since 2012 and before that covered them in TV shows including the Big Read for BBC2 and a series about illustrated stories, Picture Book for BBC Four.

I wanted to start this podcast, mainly because it’s a huge privilege and inspiration to do, but also because children’s books receive a tiny amount of media coverage elsewhere. Despite accounting for a third of the books market they appear in less than 5% of review space. And on TV and Radio they’re almost entirely absent. This podcast won’t solve that, but it will be a regular chance to look deeper into the world of children’s books.

But to do it justice and craft a great programme takes time, so a little bit of funding would help me to do it better and more often. I’m keeping things simple for now, with two tiers to choose from. If you can offer a bit more, I’ll send you whatever extras I have going. That will include the full uncut interview along with any video and photographic material I shoot.

Funds will also help support my work generally, including creating additional material for tygertale.com. But this is mainly about producing a great podcast that does the authors and books I love justice.

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