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The Hans Christian Andersen Collection at Northwestern: Illustrated Children's Books from Around the World - July 27th through September 9th, 2004


These two engaging videos from the Roland Collection of Films & Videos on Art series Writers Talk: Ideas of Our Time* are viewable on this website in streaming video. Clips are available if you don't have time to watch the entire interview — enjoy!

Maurice Sendak
Winner, Hans Christian Andersen Award, 1970
Quentin Blake
Winner, Hans Christian Andersen Award, 2002

In an interview with Paul Vaughan, the author and artist behind Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen (among others) discusses the ingredients of a successful children's story, the role of monsters, drawing upon family as inspiration, adapting books for opera, and why Where the Wild Horses Are never quite made it to print.

1-minute teaser

5-minute clip

Full video (45 minutes)

For more about Maurice Sendak, visit the links page.

In an interview with Heather Neill, the illustrator and author who brought to life such beloved Roald Dahl characters as the BFG and the Witches, as well as writing several of his own books, discusses his thoughts about working with collaborators, comparisons between writing and illustration, humor in illustration, how to draw non-frightening monsters, and what goes into dressing a character — up to and including sending sandals through the British mail!

1-minute teaser

5-minute clip

Full video (25 minutes)

For more about Quentin Blake, visit the links page.

All videos require Real Player. Download it here.
*For full reference information on these videos, see the Bibliography, under "M" and "Q."
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