The publishing industry must be braver and free itself from the grip of political correctness, according to a prize-winning children’s author and poet.
Ann Pilling, whose children’s books include Henry’s Leg, said that she decided to abandon writing for children for poetry after being told that she could not show a mother doing housework while a father fixed the guttering.
Pilling, 73, wrote a letter to The Times in support of Geraldine McCaughrean, winner of this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal for children’s books, who criticised publishers this week for strictly policing “political correctness and difficult language”.
Pilling said she first encountered such an attitude in 1990 when she submitted her book Getting Rid of Aunt Mildred to Ginn, an educational publisher.
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