notice for wronged child authors to the Adora Svitak machine

An 8-year-old manic writer in Seattle, US, Adora Svitak, has emerged as the focus of an international campaign whose like has no precedent, to promote child authorship. It all looks very slickly managed in the typical style of US business PR.

That will be fine as long as it shows responsiveness to ordinary personal justice. That is now being sought:

Here is a copy of a message sent on Feb 23 through the website’s [now disappeared] interactive page. (Under “Ask Adora” then “Schools & Libraries”.) Also copied to Charles Faulkner, of Aultbea Publishing who published Libby Rees, and Viv Bird, director of Reading Is Fundamental a literacy trust in the US. Both had spoken in the Observer Feb 19 in support of an imminently projected British tour by Adora Svitak. Both carry the same responsibility as her own publicity machine does, to be moral, which means: to make this

great opening for forcing mass public awareness of the

child authors,
rather than to be just something “professional” and remote.
The move made towards them was conciliatory and it was put on this site assuming the best about them. Now that there is nothing obtained from them over a significant time, they must begin to be considered disturbing.


I find it extraordinary that you actually have a section inviting schools to seek advice on encouraging child authorship.

A whole stolen generation of child authors have had the rest of our lives deeply wounded and abused, by schools. By homework pressure destroying our chance to be child authors. Not leaving us enough spare time to finish books.

As soon as any parties publicising a child author know about this obscene crime, it becomes a CITABLE AUTOMATIC duty to child protection for you to publicise the fact that wronged child authors exist. You just have to mention it alongside your publicising of your luckier child author. It becomes an act of cruelty to other children not to do that.

The stolen generation period is 1978-2001. My luck that it was exactly the last child author to emerge before the stolen generation, Lindsay Brown, who inspired me to be one. Because the gifted children movement got a local newspaper fuss made of me for other reasons and my child authorship mentioned along with it while the book was still incomplete, in 1980, before abuse at school ruined its completion, I am historical evidence of the stolen generation. I can serve on behalf of recognition rights for them all. Have you thought of the ones whose countries just weren’t democracies when they were children: I can be the stepping stone for their recognition too.

I have Asperger Syndrome, which is associated with a mind focused towards writing: thus Luke Jackson and Kenneth Hall. [Links to the Phad article and the Scottish parliament autism Cross-Party Group minutes for 27 Nov 2003 and 2 Feb 2005.]

Do you have any contacts in Britain who would like to support my placard protest, on March 8, 6:45 pm, outside the Strathclyde Hilton Hotel at Bellshill near Glasgow, while Luke Jackson’s mother Jacqui is speaking inside? The protest is not against her, it does not prejudge her at all, it is against the organisers of her speaking tours (Centre For Development of Autism Practice) ignoring this issue. Wronged child authors should be mentioned by the Jackson family every time.

Not being in America, I have discovered you from a blog comment made in response to the recent case of Libby Rees here. It seems obvious that since 2001, and thanks at first to writings about health conditions, there has been a massive breakthrough for the idea of child authorship and it has suddenly become fashionable to an intensity never known before. This after hardly existing at all for over 20 years. I seek your concerned action on speaking out about wronged child authors and giving our fight for recognition a loud place in this bandwagon.

Maurice Frank (address)
23 Feb 2006


protest outside a Jacqui Jackson talk in Glasgow

I’m going to do a protest with a placard, outside the Strathclyde Hilton Hotel in Bellshill near Glasgow, on March 8. [2006] At 6:45 Jacqui Jackson is doing a talk there about how brilliant her family are, as a follow-up to Magnificent 7, and it will cost £30 a head to attend it. Seems like she is becoming a bit of an expensive celebrity. However, the protest will not prejudge her personally in any way, it is against the events’ organisers. Jacqui herself would even come out of it personally enhanced if she chose to back the protest issue. She has that choice.

The protest will be: that all promotions of them should care to also tell the public that aspie child authors wronged by abusive school homework exist. The placard will be directed at Jacqui personally at the event’s promoters: her agency the Centre For the Development of Autism Practice. It is a snooty self-concerned business that ignores ordinary people and only wants to play the celeb game. What are the grounds for saying that? Simple: it has been ignoring this issue for a long time. How mean-spirited.

I will do the protest alone if necessary! but will have plenty of time between now and then to tell local group friends about it. I have given the police advance notice already, based on not expecting it to turn into a large demo. They were perfectly civil about it and don’t see any problem with it, so that’s officially registered now.

Bellshill is a station where 2 rail services into Glasgow converge: the slow line from Edinburgh via Livingston, and the local line from Lanark via Motherwell. The Strathclyde Hilton is on the west side of the A725 dual carriageway which crosses the railway 1/2 mile west of the station, and it’s another 1/2 mile north of the railway. This A725 also leads from M74 j 5, or from the A8 gap section of the M8 3 miles east of the Baillieston M73 junction.

Maurice Frank
7 Feb 2006
– I have done similar demonstrations done more recently, outside Autistic Intelligence’s conference at Dalmuir on 2 Mar 2015 which also involved Jacqui, and the National Autistic Society’s AGM at York on 21 Nov 2015. 1843100983.isbn – used to be, sadly has stopped working, a link to a very perceptive teenager’s discovery of common phrases that prove Jacqui Jackson a joint writer of the F+G book. The page editor won’t disable the link!