As part of our Meet the Maker series, we speak to the people behind the creations in the Big Issue Shop – a platform for buying ethical products which put people and the planet first. This time, authors Sef Townsend and Anne Johnson, the minds behind London Folk Tales for Children, a collection of stories about the every day magic of London.
How do your products make a positive difference in the world?
Sef: “With our storytelling in London, and our books for children about London, we help to stimulate children’s imagination in thinking about all the other children that have lived and continue to live in this great city.
“The stories are full of adventure and history. Our work aims to make children feel that they are part of a city which always has been, and which continues to be, a place of welcome to all the people who have come here from every place you can think of, from the earliest time of the Romans to the present day.”
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Anne: “Our collections of tales for children – we have two, London’s Folk Tales for Children and London’s River Tales for Children – stress that it is ‘people who came from elsewhere’ who made London what it is and whatever our roots, we are all Londoners.
“There are 300 languages spoken every day in the homes of Londoners. This is something to celebrate and we want the children who read our stories to feel proud of their roots and proud to be Londoners.”