5 Quotes from authors that will make you want to make change

It’s safe to say the last couple of years have been a whirlwind. The news can get pretty overwhelming, especially in times like these. Maybe you’re thinking, what can I do about it? Do you want to see change in the world but you’re not sure where to start? We’ve taken 5 pieces of wisdom from writers who are part of this autumn’s Bath Children’s Literature Festival to inspire and motivate you to be the change you want to see in the world.

“Prep for the worst”

One of the first mantras we learn in Tracy Darnton’s The Rules, this is actually not a bad place to start, if you think about it. Less prepping for world-ending disasters, more being ready for what life might throw at you. Living through a global pandemic has taught us that we can make it through a crisis, even when it’s been really tough. Prep for the worst might sound scary, but most of us have discovered we’re stronger than we think.

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”

George Orwell actually wrote Animal Farm in 1945, but its most famous quote is still relevant today. From the Black Lives Matter movement to sharing vaccines across the globe, we’ve been reminded that we still have a long way to go to reach equality. It may be an older story, but Chris Mould’s reimagination of this classic has brought it into the 21st century. 

“Music can carry the stories of history like a message in a bottle”

No matter what music you’re into, whether it’s the UK Top 40 or classic belters from the 70s, every song tells a story. Maybe, since you’ve had more time, you’ve been exploring other music genres and what they mean to you. Not only is listening to music a form of self-care, it’s a chance to explore other cultures and backgrounds by getting to know the artist through their work. 

“The time has come for people to speak for themselves”

It’s been said that coming out of the pandemic is a major opportunity for change. How can we take what we’ve learnt in the past two years and use it to change the world for the better? The climate crisis, for example, is too big a problem to fix alone, but working together and everyone playing their part can make a big difference. You don’t have to lead a protest of thousands of people to speak up for what you believe in. You could write to your MP or start a group in school or plan a fundraiser for a charity. Starting small can lead to huge changes.

“You are your own superhero”

We’ve heard a lot about heroes recently. Our amazing NHS and other key workers like teachers, shop assistants, bin men and women, post office workers and so many more. Stuart Lawrence wrote, “if you don’t champion yourself, who will?” Sometimes we can be our own worst critic, but actually we need to be our own cheerleaders too. Superheroes always seem to be capable of anything. They can take on any enemy and save the world every time. Be your own superhero – believe in yourself first.

We hope these short quotes have got you feeling more motivated and ready to take on whatever’s thrown your way. If you want to hear more from these authors (and others) then head to the Bath Children’s Literature Festival website to find out what’s on and book your tickets! 

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