This anthology presents a child’s-eye view of the year 2000. It includes drawings and words that reflect the perspectives and views of children aged between five and eleven. The book was compiled from one-week diaries, written over the course of the Millenium Year, by four hundred school children in the Brighton and Hove area. There is a parent and teacher guide included in the book, which will enable the diary concept to be expanded and continued in schools and at home, and which provides points for discussion and for further development. The book is written in a format much like a scrapbook, and it offers an insight into the thoughts, crazes, hobbies, habits and humour of the contemporary young mind.
Created by Brighton school children from Balfour Infants, Balfour Junior, Bevendean Primary, Downs Junior, Downs Park, Elm Grove Primary, Fairlight Primary, Middle Street Primary, Oathall Community College, Patcham Junior, St Andrew’s CE Primary, St Luke’s Infants, St Luke’s Junior, St Martin’s CE Primary, St Mary’s RC Primary, Saltdean Primary, West Hove Infants, Whitehawk Primary, Woodingdean Primary.
Thanks to: Sue Townsend (foreword), Erica Smith at Wordsmith, Dorothy Sheridan at the Mass Observation Archive, heather Palfrey, Paula Murray, Paul Hudson, Simon Fanshawe, Tim Brown at the Duke of York Cinema, Jill Edwicker at Asda, Hollingbury, Borders Books, Waterstones, Hove Museum, Komedia, Westdene Library, Patcham Library, Moulsecoomb Library, Portslade Library, Hollingbury Library, Melita Dennett, Emma Seers, Brian Morris, Jackie Blackwell (internet), Maxine Badger (poet), Andrew Breary (cartoonist), Brendan Clearly (poet), Rachel Cohen (painter), John Knight (author), Fredrik Lloyd (poet), Gary Mepsted (author), Pag Naylor (drama), David Popey (internet), Julia Winkler (photographer).
Editorial team: Jackie Blackwell, Rosie Blackwell-Sutton, Andrew Breary, Katie Hill, Shelley Holland, John Knight, Hannah Latham, Rachel and Bella Lockley, Jane Reid.