Friday, March 30, 2007

Ali Smith's novel approach

As Brian Logan reports in The Guardian, novelist Ali Smith has taken an unusual approach to giving away rights to one of her books.
You've written a Booker and Orange Prize-shortlisted novel, which also won the Scottish Book of the Year award. Directors and agents are hammering at your door for the stage rights. This, surely, is your chance at the big time. So what do you do? Well, it's obvious, isn't it? You snub the professionals, and give the rights to a bunch of Lewisham schoolkids.

"I couldn't think of anything more exciting to do with it," says Ali Smith, of her 2001 novel, Hotel World. "Now I know it'll be really amazing, and I can't wait to see it."

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