tv Meet the Author BBC News October 26, 2017 8:45pm-9:01pm BST
it's called korfball. julia carneiro was there. we're we' re halfway we're halfway through the 100 women challenge. it is all about tackling sexism in football. but we are looking for examples from other sports. we have come here to find out more about cosh ball. this is a typical school screen and we're at a school in rio. what is striking is that the kids, the girls and the boys are playing together. korfball was invented in the early 20th century, a mixed gender ball game. so the aim is to get the kids playing together and to use it in the school to tackle stereotypes as to what the girls and the boys do. they all really like it. the boys are proud to play with the girls and the girls feel that they can play to their strengths so everyone can have
their strengths so everyone can have their space. we have experts working on the solutions to tackle sexism in football. they are joining on the solutions to tackle sexism in football. they arejoining in on the solutions to tackle sexism in football. they are joining in with the game. trying to come up with ideas to tackle sexism in football and will present the ideas next saturday with the grand finale of the 100 women challenge here in rio. with halloween just round the corner, keepers at london zoo thought they would get into the spirit of things. penguins found their sprats served up in pumpkins, though it's hard to tell if they noticed the unusual serving dishes. squirrel monkeys seemed to enjoy their spooky containers, whilst tigers achilles and karis dined on pumpkins scented with blood — which they seemed to enjoy, as they pretty much demolished them. hallowe'en just around the corner. now on bbc news, it is time for meet
the author. rjpalacio‘s book wonder is a story ofa rjpalacio‘s book wonder is a story of a boy, a journey that has enthralled readers around the world. welcome. the beginning of the book is startling, even horrifying. in that sense, you're saying to the reader: do you have the guts to stay with the story, aren't you? i wanted to whet their appetite. but at the same time, yes, sort of like, say, are you with me? are you in for this
trip. it is quite a journey. it's an emotionaljourney. it is quite an emotionaljourney, i will get you to describe it but what you are touching on with the idea of a deformity, so awe awful, it cannot be described at the beginning of the book, you are touching on one of the deepest fears that people have about how they appear? i think in a lot of ways, cranio facial differences are tough for people. there is something about the face being that first line of public persona. it is your telegraph to the world. so, if you have a cranialfacial difference, you face a challenge unlike any other, in that is how people perceive you. theirfirst line ofjudgment people perceive you. theirfirst line of judgment is people perceive you. theirfirst line ofjudgment is based on the face. and the boy, august, knows this is going to define him ever day for the rest of his life? yet he does not
define himself as looking different. he is used to his face. he actually likes it in some ways. he brusheses his hair. he wants to looks a good as he can look, he is fine with it. he understands that other people may be curious, and may react but he doesn't mind that, it is more when people attach cruelty or people make assertions about his character, based on what he looks like, that is where he draws the line. you're saying in a way, that this is a lesson in why we should not make judgments? absolutely. you have to get to know a person before you make any sort of judgments. take us through the story. it is about a ten—year—old boy called august, born with a canial facial situation that sets him apart. when he is 10 years old, the
major surgeries are behind him and it is time for him to go to a school, not to be home schooled. so the book takes us from his point of view through the first 5th grade year, in the states, and then it switches point of view, it starts from augie's narrative but then into the perspective of his sister and several of the other friends that he meets along the way in thatjourney throughout the first year in school. the way you write is distinctive. they are short chapters, like snapshots. it's a device that, i mean it is quite natural because of the nature of the story but it means that the whole story has the sense, almost as if you are turning a scrap book with, you know, a different picture, a different situation on each page. . that's a great way to put it. i never thought of that. but they are
like polaroid snapshots of his life. the chapters are short. 0ne like polaroid snapshots of his life. the chapters are short. one of the reasons is that my target audience is young. i know that kids like to keep it quick. this is a book, that because it is touching on a universal theme, as we mentioned, fear, misunderstanding, relu cta nce mentioned, fear, misunderstanding, reluctance to look behind the outward appearance, these are things that affect everybody, whether you are in your ‘70s or whether you are 10? right, you don't have to look like august to be able to relate to the sense of social isolation or remember your own childhood, the moments when a friend may have betrayed you. these are universal experiences. this is a book that makes you wonder, anybody wonder, it made me wonder, anybody wonder, it made me wonder, how did you get the idea? what was the trigger for the story?
i was with my young son, i have two children. i was with my youngers, three years old at the time, we found ourselves in close proximity toa found ourselves in close proximity to a little girl who had a severe cranialfacial to a little girl who had a severe cranial facial difference. to a little girl who had a severe cranialfacial difference. my to a little girl who had a severe cranial facial difference. my young social services three years old. he started to cry when he saw her. quite a natural reaction. quite a natural reaction. quite natural but in my haste to shield herfrom seeing his reaction, i thought that the best thing at the time to do was to leave as quickly asi time to do was to leave as quickly as i could. but i realised later from her perspective or from the mum's, from her perspective or from the mum's, it may have looked like i was trying to shield my son. there is no easy way out. that got me thinking about what it was like to face a world every day, that does not quite know how to face you back. and august, he lives with it every day, it is no big deal. he's learned to cope with it. but you know that
every time you meet somebody for the first time, there will be this reaction. you almost get used to saying don't worry, i'm fine. right. and that's exactly his whole, everything he talks about. that's his theme. it is like i am an ordinary kid, it'sjust his theme. it is like i am an ordinary kid, it's just the rest of the world that does not see me that way. how do you explain the reaction to the book. it has had a huge number of glowing review but more obviously than that, it seems to grip people as a story. it is something that they cannot stop reading. they are just fascinated by it. i suppose that there is a sense of horror, as imagining yourself in that position, despite his well balanced personality? well, i think also, it is a very optimistic view of humanity. i think ultimately, as a parent, and as, ithinka of humanity. i think ultimately, as a parent, and as, i think a lot of people read it, and they think that
ifa people read it, and they think that if a boy like augie who has been met with such unkindness in his life can nevertheless manage to be kind to other people and find that humour and kindness, certainly if he can do it, ican and kindness, certainly if he can do it, i can do it. we spoke about the way that this book has come to appeal to people of all ages but you spoke about your target as a reader, really, being a very young person. what do you find exciting about writing for young readers? perhaps readers not yet in their teens? i think that ten, 11, and 12—year—olds are very, i like write being them and writing for them because it's a very tender moment in a person's life. it's a moment in a person's life. it's a moment when they are transitioning between being very young and that point in your life when your parents are making all the decisions for you, who to play with, who to hang out with, you, who to play with, who to hang outwith, what to eat and your teachers in school are telling you
who to sit with and all of that. i likery writing about it as i think it is an interesting moment but the theme of the book is about kindness. it's about how if you think about it, if your natural default to every situation in life is try to be kind about it, you can never go wrong. so that's sort of the message of the book. try to be kind, whatever you do and you'll be ok. so that's really what i was trying to write about. rj palacio, author of wonder, thank you very much. thank you so much. it was a pleasure. i really do appreciate it. not sure what i thought about the weather today. grey and dull for most of us. this illustrates the point beautifully. the cloud thick enough for an odd spot of drizzle. for the favoured
few, central, and southern scotland and northern ireland, lucky for you. but this band of cloud was a nuisance and will be through the night it is sinking south, taking drizzle with it and a little coastal fog down to the south—west. it will clear behind it. and under the clearer skies, the temperatures falling away. double digits to the south of the front. but in the north we could see mid—to low single figures in rural spots. we start off with beautiful spells of sunshine. the weak weather front lingering in the south—west. that lingers, a decent day for many. the wind strengthening in the far north of scotland. maybe the chance of a shower on the north coast. feeling cooler. high pressure singing south—west. that will allow the isobars to squeeze together. the winds continuing to strengthen and
things turning colder. 0n winds continuing to strengthen and things turning colder. on saturday, the winds are still strong, driving in cloud and outbreaks of rain to the north and to the west. eastern areas seeing sunshine. a real west/east split on saturday for scotland, cloudy, dull, damp. in the east, up to 15 celsius and sun. gloomy for northern ireland and north—west england. the east looking nice. 16 celsius to the north of london if we keep the sunshine. but a lwa ys london if we keep the sunshine. but always across the west facing coasts, and the wind to drive in the clouds. the winds swinging to a northerly on sunday, making it feel colder still in scotland and along the exposed east coasts. the milder air sitting over the extreme south—west but elsewhere, a cooler day. a windy day but hopefully we still continue with some sun. hello, we will go straight to spain
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