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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.

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Children's Literature at the Olympics

By Fay Sampson ~ August 3, 2012

As people around the world follow the London Olympics, Fay Sampson reports from England, sharing her response to the stellar Opening Ceremonies:

We are thoroughly enjoying hosting the Olympic Games. The opening ceremony was amazing. We knew we couldn’t rival the Beijing spectacular. What Danny Boyle gave us instead was a heart-warming celebration of British history, from pastoral idyll, through the Industrial Revolution, to the changing music scene that accompanied the seminal moments of the 20th century. It included the tough bits, like the Jarrow miners march in the Depression, and the upside, like Glastonbury Tor, which proved a splendid place to plant the Olympic nations’ flags.
One of the most celebratory sequences was a hymn of praise to our beloved National Health Service. This involved real staff from the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital dancing with dozens with children in their pyjamas on beds.
As an author of children’s fantasy, as well as crime, I was delighted when this segued into a fantasy collage of children’s literature: Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, 101 Dalmations,Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Harry Potter. It had J.K Rowling reading aloud. This scene of Good versus Evil ended with dozens of Mary Poppins parachuting down on their umbrellas to chase the baddies away, and sit reassuringly on the children’s hospital beds.  
Great to see books being celebrated amongst the best of Britishness.
Thank you, so much for sharing your thoughts with us, Fay. of course, i was thrilled with the Glastonbury Tor scenes and had fun blogging about them in relation to my book GLASTONBURY: 
Here's a link for readers who want to take a look at Fay's children's fantasy series : 

Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick.

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So many favorite moments, Fay. Of course, the Queen!! Mr. Bean, Mary Poppins, definitely. Unfortunately, I missed J.K. Rowling and the arrival of the Tardis, but loved the fact that it told a story!
-Donna, August 3, 2012

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