Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Golden oldies...

A new campaign has been launched in order to encourage the elder generation into penning down their thoughts. The government funded Bookbite project, which wants to create a generation of 'silver scribblers', has the backing of former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. He believes it to be a 'terrific idea', saying that; 'writing reminds us that the life of the imagination offers its rewards at all times of life'. Such an initiative is on the back of successes by elder novelists such as Marina Lewycka, who was 59 when she wrote her bestselling work 'A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian'. With publisher HarperCollins suggesting that a 'very high number' of over 50s are aspiring authors, Bookbite will distribute more than 100,000 magazines through charities such as Age Concern.

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