Episode 40 (Reading to Children, with Mem Fox)

Mem Fox

For the May 2021 podcast, Paul talks to Mem Fox, Australia’s bestselling writer, about reading to children.

Mem Fox was born in Melbourne, grew up in Africa, went to drama school in England (where she and Paul met), and came back to Australia in 1970, at the age of 23. In 1983, she became Australia’s bestselling writer and has remained the pre-eminent author for children for an entire generation. Her more than 40 books include Possum Magic, Time for Bed, Where Is the Green Sheep?, and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.

Mem’s latest book, Early One Morning, illustrated by Catherine Davenier, is aimed at very young children. It’s a mere 90 words but took her eight years to write.

For more about Mem, visit her website at https://memfox.com/about/.

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