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Rosemary Sutcliff: History is People Coffee and Circuses

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In this essay, 'History is People' acclaimed historical novelist Rosemary discussed her responsibilities as a children's author and her belief that human nature remains essentially consistent and relatable throughout history, using a range of texts from the Homeric Age to the English Civil War to illustrate her points.

The essay was originally distributed at a conference for the Children's Literature in Education journal in Exeter in 1971, and was later reprinted in the 1973 anthology Children and Literature: Views and Reviews, edited by Virginia Haviland, which is where this reading is taken from. The text can be found here: https://archive.org/details/childrenliteratu00havi

Voice Cast:
Alex Davis as Rosemary Sutcliff
Nikos Karydis as Homer
Flavio Bacci as the Roman soldier
Sarah Bremner as Margret Paston
Vicky Saward Read as Catherine Parr
And Jay Ingate as Edward Spencer

Music Credits:
Meditation Impromptu One to Three, Touching Memories, Relaxing Piano Music and Crossing the Divide, all by Kevin Macleod and available from incompetech.com

If you’d like to find out more about Rosemary Sutcliff, you can visit the official website at RosemarySutcliff.net

You can also read David's analyses of various Sutcliff novels and short stories on website for the Our Mythical Childhood Survey, an international project which looks at the influence of Classical culture on modern children’s media: http://www.omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/myth-survey/search

In this essay, 'History is People' acclaimed historical novelist Rosemary discussed her responsibilities as a children's author and her belief that human nature remains essentially consistent and relatable throughout history, using a range of texts from the Homeric Age to the English Civil War to illustrate her points.

The essay was originally distributed at a conference for the Children's Literature in Education journal in Exeter in 1971, and was later reprinted in the 1973 anthology Children and Literature: Views and Reviews, edited by Virginia Haviland, which is where this reading is taken from. The text can be found here: https://archive.org/details/childrenliteratu00havi

Voice Cast:
Alex Davis as Rosemary Sutcliff
Nikos Karydis as Homer
Flavio Bacci as the Roman soldier
Sarah Bremner as Margret Paston
Vicky Saward Read as Catherine Parr
And Jay Ingate as Edward Spencer

Music Credits:
Meditation Impromptu One to Three, Touching Memories, Relaxing Piano Music and Crossing the Divide, all by Kevin Macleod and available from incompetech.com

If you’d like to find out more about Rosemary Sutcliff, you can visit the official website at RosemarySutcliff.net

You can also read David's analyses of various Sutcliff novels and short stories on website for the Our Mythical Childhood Survey, an international project which looks at the influence of Classical culture on modern children’s media: http://www.omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/myth-survey/search

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