To my wonderful readers,
You deserve an explanation.
My husband died suddenly a few months ago. My two little girls and I, and extended family, have been broken by the loss of a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend.
In saying that, an enormous community of friends, new and old, near and far, online and offline, have stepped in to make our lives easier and to help us as we establish our new normal. We have been inundated with love in the form of lasagne, an education fund, groceries, washing of clothes, school runs and chocolate.
Writers have always been a strong presence in our village. In response to our unimaginable grief, writers from around the country sharpened their pencils and devised a plan to help in the best way they could offer – their words. They offered to take over my blog—my pride and joy, my own tiny slice of the internet – so that it would not suffer the neglect that so often results from sudden trauma.
They have done justice to my little blog so that when I found the strength to return to it, I wouldn’t find it in a dilapidated state.
I will be eternally grateful to these people for their act of kindness.
Unfortunately, while many hands make light work they can also mean that due consideration is not given to every word. One of the contributors posted a piece last month on ‘Book Week Costumes to Inspire’ which gave 23 costume suggestions based on a current list of children’s favourite books, one of which was ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. The inclusion of this book has been widely, and rightly, condemned.
I have since removed the offending post and apologised for it. Here and now, I would like to take the opportunity to reiterate my apology.
As the owner of this blog, I apologise unreservedly for the inclusion of ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ in a post about Book Week costumes. The writer had no thought beyond honouring a much loved children’s book. I acknowledge and own what a thoughtlessly insensitive mistake this was.
Robust online feedback was swift and I personally need to take a short offline break to fully recover. I greatly enjoy discussion and debate online but I do so hope we can at all times remain kind and respectful when mistakes are made, so that a myriad of voices can be heard and represented – this is surely how we best educate others.
I look forward to continuing to use this space to pursue my passion for sharing quality children’s and YA literature, and offer my thanks to the very many good people who have supported my family and I these past few months.
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