This week we caught up with newly published author Rebecca Wright who was with Dramacube Twickenham and Hampton Hill for two years teaching acting, singing and dance to our 4-6 years classes.
With Simon and the Magic Drums now available to purchase on Amazon and from Waterstones, we wanted to find out more about the book.
What inspired you to write the story?
My friend has a son with ASD who wanted to write stories, he is really creative and would come up with lots of ideas for narrative, but had dyslexia and found writing a real challenge. This got me thinking about how frustrating it must be to have so much creativity Inside but it being so hard to express it. From this I began thinking about all sorts of people who maybe don’t get to use their voice and their ideas much in society. I wanted to write a story highlighting how important everyone’s voices are. Not just the people who are good at public speaking, or who write fluently.
Are there parts of the book which are reflective of your own experiences?
Yes, when Simon is in Vozori he is getting frustrated as he can’t find his voice, which is his way of expression. A group of evil Castanets come find him and manipulate him into giving up. They Try to convince him that it’s not worth trying to find his voice, people may not like it, they say that it’s actually a selfish thing to do, taking up other people’s time with your voice. I have definitely had those Castanets in my head before!
Who is the book for?
The book was aimed at 7-11 yr olds, but the themes in the book seem to really resonate with the 25yrs+ bracket! It’s definitely a children’s book for adults.
What impact do you think the book will have on young readers?
I really hope that it will help them to become aware of how important it is to find their voice, whatever that looks like. With more children being given antidepressants, and the pressures they face today, it’s so important that they are able to express themselves. Not to get any kind of award or certificate, but just purely so they can shine.
Tell us about the workshop you are currently developing.
The half hour workshops are for school PSHE lessons. Through drama and movement the aim is for the children to discover how important each of their voices are. We will look at how different we are and how differently we like to express ourselves. And that this is all OK!!
What plans have you for for the workshop?
I will be trying them out within the next few weeks, making sure they are as interactive and engaging as possible. When I am happy I will begin to advertise them and offer them to schools. The workshops will be free, and the book will be available to purchase at the school afterwards.
Do you have another book in mind and what will it be?
I am up to chapter three of the next book. It is a sequel to Simon and the Magic Drums, and involves his sister. It is turning out to be full of adventure…that is all I can say right now!!
We’d like to thank Rebecca for her time and wish her the very best of luck with Simon and the Magic Drums.