Allan Ahlberg – a life in writing

“If I get stuck for an answer, I can just start reading the walls,” Ahlberg says, and although he’s rarely lost for words, he is constantly reaching for evidence to illustrate what he is saying – reading out poems-in-progress to reinforce an anecdote about his home town, or showing a page of intricate early drawings for his 1981 story Peepo!, to explain how he and his late wife, Janet, worked together on picture books.

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