Thanksgiving, for Joan Aiken from her Pa

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Poet Conrad Aiken and his daughter Joan… “gifted and enchanting”!

 Joan Aiken’s Pulitzer prize winning father didn’t hand out compliments lightly, so it was wonderful to discover a letter that he wrote in which he sings her praises to the moon. Conrad writes to introduce his daughter to Charles Schlessiger, his own literary agent at Brandt & Hochman in New York, who not only took her on, but went on to become her life-long friend and supporter.

A genuine case for Thanksgiving, and the letter was also a celebration of Joan Aiken’s remarkable, funny, short stories, or as he calls them ‘fairy stories of the twentieth century’ – two lovely editions of which have been recently been re-published in both her home countries – England and America.

Here is his letter:

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Joan Aiken’s first published books were  collections of magical stories

which she continued to produce all her life.

Fantasy Stories

Find them all here on her website

 

Two new collections of these unforgettable stories are now out

from Small Beer Press

The People in the Castle

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Celebrated as a book of the year in The Washington Post

and from Virago Modern Classics

The Gift Giving – Favourite Stories 

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Written, as her proud Pa describes,

‘For the young of all ages’

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A Joan Aiken poem… giving thanks

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…for light in darkness, and inspiration in simple things

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“We’re on Tom Tiddler’s Ground, picking up gold and silver” comes from an old children’s game – they run and help themselves to riches left lying unattended…

 

Joan’s poems can be found in a collection called The Skin Spinners

more about the book here

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and see  more pastel drawings here