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    Газета School English #13-14, 2003


    The sitting room with a fire place. It’s only gas-fired, of course, but very cosy all the same. There are a lot of souvenirs from friends and items, which bring back happy memories, on the mantelpiece.
        Our own correspondent from “School English visited Mr Wright at his house in Runcorn (UK) to congratulate him on his birthday. Mr Wright kindly agreed to give an exclusive interview to our newspaper.

        SE: Mr Wright, now that your first book has been published, what were your feelings when you first saw the book and what are they now?

        W: When I first saw the finished article, I was delighted to see what an excellent job the editor and publishers had done and, particularly, how well the illustrations complemented the text, bringing it to life in a modern way. Without the work of these people, the book would have remained a mediocre collection of tales. I had no idea when I started that such a simple idea would develop into such a well-produced book. I am not a professional author and never thought that anything I wrote would ever get published. I hope the book will be useful to some and amuse others.

    Mr David A. Wright The editorial board of “School English” would like to inform those readers who have not seen the summer issue of the newspaper that our permanent author Mr David A. Wright wrote a collection of exciting stories for both children and adults, called ”Stories from Old England”. The book was published in Samara in English. The life and adventures of the characters of the book (animals and people) are written in bright and expressive language full of humour which makes it interesting and useful for the readers of “School English”.
        SE: How was the idea to write a book born? What was the impulse?

        W: I remembered vaguely that my father used to make up stories to tell to my younger sister at bedtime. He probably did that for me, too, but I cannot recall any. As I do not see my grandchildren very often, I thought it might amuse them if I wrote them a story - so I did. Then they wanted to know what happened next! The characters seemed to evolve and have a life of their own and all I did was to recount their adventures.

        SE: We know that there are favourable responses from all over the world (the USA, Canada, Holland, Britain, Russia), are you planning to make a second edition of the book?

    The house where the author of “Stories From Old England” lives. The house where the author of “Stories From Old England” lives. Mr Wright calls it a bungalow.
        W: The favourable responses to which you allude are really just the polite remarks of friends. As for a second edition, I think I had better follow the maxim, “Quit while you are ahead!”

        SE: And now the question which is always asked: What are you working on at the moment?

        W: I have no aspirations to become an author, but I have a few thoughts about writing a sequel for adults rather than children, but this project is mostly for my own amusement. Right now, the weather is too nice to sit indoors writing - it is most unusual to get fine sunny weather in England so I must take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy it while it lasts!

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