Welcome to the final part of the series. I have really enjoyed finding out a few more facts about some interesting writers. I hope that you have enjoyed the series too.
My first choice this week is a well-known figure who was not just a writer, but a poet, a theologian, and Christian apologist. Graduating from Oxford, this academic was the writer of a series of children’s books called The Chronicles of Narnia.
Born in Belfast, Clive Staples Lewis – CS Lewis wrote the first of these books in 1950 called The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, whose main character (of the lion) called Aslan represents Jesus Christ. This book with its strong Biblical theme is no different from many of Lewis’s other works which are very much faith-based.
The Chronicles of Narnia like some of his later work referring to his marriage to American Writer Joy Davidman have been made into films. For more about the life of this fascinating writer see http://www.biography.com/people/cs-lewis-9380969#synopsis.
Next on my list is a children’s writer. His most well-known works involve war and family relationships. An English writer of Private Peaceful and War Horse, Michael Morpurgo was the Children’s Laureate in 2003. Although he writes for children, Morpurgo‘s appeal crosses all age ranges and backgrounds. For more information, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Morpurgo.
Morpurgo joins my list of writers in this series who have the ability to write in a way which is engaging and thought-provoking. I have felt moved by their beautiful writing and portrayal on the big screen.
Last on my list is a female writer who was born in London to a Jamaican mother and an English father. Like Andrea Levy, this writer also drew on her background and upbringing to write a successful novel about multicultural Britain. Winning several awards, this writer has a half-brother who is the rapper and comedian Doc Brown. Zadie Smith, the writer of White Teeth met her husband, poet Nick Laird while they studied at Cambridge University.
Like some of the other writers on my list, Smith had her best-known novel made into a television series (for Channel Four in 2002). Have a look at https://literature.britishcouncil.org/writer/zadie-smith for more about her life.
Thank you for joining me on this Writers Series which I hope that you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed researching.
The two things that I will take away from these writers is that you should never give up doing what you love, and you should surround yourself with like-minded people.