WHEN MELVIN Burgess’ book Junk came out in the mid-nineties there was quite a stir. It was written for teenagers, it was read by teenagers but schools worried about placing a book that discussed drugs so frankly alongside Wind in the Willows and Stig of the Dump.
Almost twenty years later, Melvin alongside several other authors came to the Thameside to participate in a Writers Day organised by Grays School and Media Arts College deputy head, Ann Cordery.
Before they went in, we spoke to Melvin and fellow author Malorie Blackman about the changing landscape of childrens’ fiction.
The packed house then heard book readings from the authors as well as a fascinating Q and A session.