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Chapter 0 | Authors Zadie Smith and Nick Laird Discuss Their Collaborative Project, ‘Weirdo’ | Free Audiobook

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Literary power couple Zadie Smith and Nick Laid discuss their collaborative picture book, ‘Weirdo’. They explore why they’ve come together now to write this book. From the inspiration of the book, how they write together, attitudes of being different, and more, listen in now!
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Literary power couple Zadie Smith and Nick Laid discuss their collaborative picture book, ‘Weirdo’. They explore why they’ve come together now to write this book. From the inspiration of the book, how they write together, attitudes of being different, and more, listen in now!

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so okay so why now why come together now to do this beautiful book? Um what we've written together before, we we've tried to write film scripts and T. V. Scripts and stuff like that. But really honestly the inspiration for this book was just magenta as drawings. We they're just so beautiful and they reminded me of books I'd love as a child and I guess with our kids just showing them the pictures, they were so engaged by them and so excited by them and so for me anyway it was just a way of showcasing this you know extraordinary young talent. It's so exciting when someone's that young and that talented, do you think our attitude towards being different has changed? Nick? Uh Yeah sure. I think there's a much more intolerance for people are meant to be different but I wasn't trying to be different. They all become the same. Yeah there is some. Yeah. I don't know. I mean it's a perennial problem I suppose for the age of kids that the book is geared towards, that fear of standing out in some way. I suppose the book it's sort of about that, but it's always annoying I think to try and crowbar morals into kids stories. So the biggest sort of about a guinea pig, he does judo, you know, and it is called Weirdo the cat in it Dora, She's a bit of a pill, she calls her the widow and that's where it starts from. But we kind of were interested in the drawings and then it was said, he said to me, look I find this really great um illustrator, if we ever do a kid's book we should contact her. And I said well I have a few kids stories in a file on my computer that I was working on, so then we just um sort of knocked him back and forward and we're working on one about a rabbit, he was terribly annoying rabbit called Alex. And then um Z showed me a picture of the agendas of guinea pig and a jew costume tied to some balloons, and then I thought how did this come about? How did how did the guinea pig get tied to some balloons? And then I went off and did the first draft of Yeah, and then it just went back and forth, I took his draft and change little bits and that's how we write together, usually just moving a piece of writing from one desk to another and back again. So in this respect then from what you just said, is this the easiest thing you've ever done? Uh No, working together is never easy because you're so used to working alone, you know, for being your own judge and jury. So it's really hard to have suddenly have another person saying, well, maybe this or maybe that in editing of course, but in the actual moment of generating an idea, it's usually your mind in discussion with your mind. So it's when there's two minds, it's a completely different exercise, were quite good adopt following anymore over it. Yes, it used to have arguments about everything each other's work and stuff, You know, it's better you get to realize how to play to each other's strengths. Like Nick is really good at plotting story. I'm better at people speaking. So that was kind of how we separated our duties here, like me trying to get the voices of the animals and they're trying to think of what happens to the animals. Um, but mostly, you know, the sense in which it was easy is that it's no chore when you look at these drawings there, so generative their stories in themselves. So it's a very gentle kind. I don't know if that's the right word, a very gentle kind of illustrated. She reminded us of Raymond Briggs and books that we really liked when we were kids and we've been living in America for 10 years. American kids books or maybe not as illustrated, as well as some of the ones that we loved when we were kids. So I think that was what attracted us to a
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