約瑟夫-科埃略被任命為兒童文學獎得主,並發誓要重塑詩歌的形象

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約瑟夫-科埃略被任命為兒童文學獎得主,並發誓要重塑詩歌的形象

以《月亮之戀》圖畫書和《變壞的童話》而聞名的作家約瑟夫-科埃略說,在被任命為新的兒童文學獎得主後,他想 "重新獲得詩人這個詞"。

他說,他想打破通常與詩歌有關的恐懼,並 "讓全國人民都來寫詩和表演"。

"他在揭幕儀式上說:"詩歌經常被'做'給我們看。

科埃略是該職位的第12位持有人,該職位旨在促進和支持閱讀和兒童書籍。

他將於明年接替《馴龍高手》的作者克雷西達-考威爾。

居住在倫敦的科埃略還以青年詩體小說《變成樹的女孩》(The Girl Who Became a Tree)等書而聞名,該書曾入圍2021年卡內基獎(Carnegie Medal);以及《在塔樓里聽到的聲音》,該書通過一個男孩的成長故事,解決了父母缺席和欺凌等問題。

他說。"詩歌是強大的,它是我們在婚禮、葬禮和新生兒中求助的媒介,因為它超越了單純的文字,詩歌能翻譯靈魂。

"我想利用水石兒童桂冠獎的著名平台來強調和慶祝詩歌的力量。邀請全國人民,無論老少,都來寫詩,成為詩人"。

他還承諾強調英國新的寫作人才,並支持地方圖書館,包括完成 "圖書館馬拉松",加入英國每個地方當局的圖書館,這是他在大流行病之前開始的。


Writer Joseph Coelho, known for his Luna Loves picture books and Fairy Tales Gone Bad, has said he wants to "reclaim the term poet" after being named the new children's laureate.

He said he wants to break down the fear often associated with poetry and "get the nation writing and performing" it.

"So often poetry has been 'done' to us," he said at his unveiling ceremony.

Coelho is the 12th holder of the post, which is designed to promote and champion reading and children's books.

He will take over from How To Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell next year.

London-based Coelho is also known for books like young adult verse novel The Girl Who Became a Tree, which was shortlisted for the 2021 Carnegie Medal; and Overheard in a Tower Block, which tackled issues like parental absence and bullying through the story of one boy's growing up.

He said: "Poetry is powerful, it is the medium we turn to at weddings, funerals and new births because it goes beyond mere words, poetry translates the soul.

"I want to use the prestigious platform of the Waterstones Children's Laureate to highlight and celebrate the power of poetry. To invite the nation, young and old, to write poems, to become poets."

He also pledged to highlight new writing talent in the UK, and champion local libraries, including by completing a "library marathon" to join a library in every local authority in the UK, which he started before the pandemic.

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