What books did you read when you were a child?
I loved non-fiction – Horrible Histories, atlases, fact books, that sort of thing. I also liked Roald Dahl.
If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Definitely Mr. Twit. I’d grow a huge beard and keep food in it.
What is the best thing about reading?
Learning new words. My favourite word is ‘sesquipedalian’, which means someone who likes long words!
What is your all time favourite book?
The dictionary – as I said, I love learning new words.
Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Take them to see shows and films, and make sure they spend a lot of time socialising.
How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
Not very big. They wanted me to do something useful, like take the bins out every now and again.
How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
I don’t have kids, but my cousin used to have The Gruffalo read to him every night without fail between the ages of about 2 and 5. And it doesn’t seem to have done him any harm!
Joshua Seigal is a poet, performer and educator from London. His fun, interactive performances and workshops are highly in demand, and he has performed throughout the world. He recently took his one-man show to the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Sharjah Children’s Book Festival (UAE). He has books published and forthcoming from Bloomsbury and Flying Eye.
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