Lily Murray

What books did you read when you were a child?
Anything I could get my hands on, but all the better if it involved poetry, animals and characters who were at one with the wild. I spent a lot of my childhood in love with Dickon from The Secret Garden and Spiller from The Borrowers.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Dickon or Spiller

What is the best thing about reading?
Losing and finding yourself in another world

What is your all time favourite book?
Old Hat, New Hat by Stan & Jan Berenstain. A hugely satisfying read.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Talking to your child and listening to what they have to say

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
A huge part. I wrote (terrible) poetry from a very young age and they were nothing but encouraging.

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
We have story time every night, whatever happens. It lasts about an hour and I read to them, even though they can both read to themselves now. We read a mixture of the books they want to read (anything from Beast Quest to Captain Underpants) to old classics I loved as a child.

Lily Murray is a children's writer who lives in the wilds of snowy nowhere with two children, a heroic hound and a strange assortment of other animals. She is the author of ‘Hello, Hot Dog’ and the recently published ‘Once Upon a Magic Book’ and ‘The People Awards’.

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