Inspirational people surround us at every turn. To celebrate some of the incredible women who continue to motivate me on my writing journey I have decided to post a Monday Muse – a weekly look at the women who are my artistic inspiration.
Last week I honoured my childhood favourite, Enid Blyton. You can read that post here. Sticking with the early influences in my life, I have chosen another beloved children’s author for today’s Monday Muse; Jill Murphy. Even before the world fell in love with a young wizard called Harry, we were delighted by the antics of Mildred Hubble.
Born in 1949 and raised in London, Jill is an exceptional writer and illustrator. She spent her early years stapling her own little storybooks together while sat on the kitchen floor. It’s thought that her mum kept all of these early works! I remember making my own books (minus the illustrations) when I was a youngster, spending hours filling the pages and then adding them to my ‘library’.
Jill was only eighteen when she wrote The Worst Witch. Her time spent at a strict academic convent primary school fuelling her inspiration. Mildred Hubble was a little girl who didn’t fit in at her new school, a topic that nearly every young student has faced at some stage. When I was eight we moved from Leeds to the West Midlands and my new school was a frightening place – I might not have had as much trouble as Mildred, but I could certainly relate to her!
“After only two days at the school she crashed her broomstick into the yard wall, breaking the broomstick in half and bending her hat. She mended the stick with glue and sticky-tape…” Continue reading “Monday Muse – A Touch of Magic with Jill Murphy #MondayBlogs”