Noughts and Crosses, Essential Revision Notes
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What inspired you to write Noughts & Crosses?
There wasn’t any one thing. It grew out of a lifetime of experiences. Some of the racist incidents in the book were based on real events from my own childhood. And I also wanted to play with the idea that ‘history is luck’ to a certain extent. What if Africans had invented trans-oceanic travel and colonized Europe and America? Or what if the Aztecs and Incas had ‘beaten Cortez to the punch’ and converted the Catholics in Spain and Portugal at the point of a sword? You put all that together and you have the germ of an idea which led to Noughts and Crosses.
Do you think racism is an issue that needs to be addressed in children’s books more?
Absolutely! And not just in children’s books. I think a lot of racism comes out of ignorance and fear, and we can start to combat it by showing different cultures, races, religions in story contexts. Stories promote empathy, a sense of being able to see through the eyes of others and being able to walk in another person’s shoes. That said, we also need more books which feature children of colour, children with disabilities, working class children, LGBT teens, etc. which are just about children and teens having adventures and not necessarily about their disability, colour, culture, religion. Books should be mirrors as well as windows.
I generally make my major characters black because that’s who and what I am and I’m started writing in part to redress the imbalance ...