Morris Gleitzman and Jo Lampert spoke as part of a panel discussion for Latrobe University’s Bold Thinking series. It was recorded and broadcast by RN’s Big Ideas.
In it they discussed the place of literature to tackle complex topics. For Gleitzman, this has included homosexuality, refugees and the holocaust. Lampert explains that one of the challenges with topics that are considered taboo is that they are often heavily mediated before they reach the child,
There’s the author, but there is the publisher and there’s the editor and there’s the publicist and there’s the librarian and there’s the parent and there’s the teacher.
The challenge is that although we can seemingly protect children from such ideas, they are bombarded with them on a daily basis through the media.