However, as is often the case, life dictates its own rules, today it is difficult for Vytautas to imagine, I am not writing. About how knowledge changes ignorance and vice versa about the importance of creativity in childhood and adolescence Vytautas stories at the beginning of December at the Youth Literature Island Festival for Children, and today they share thoughts about why it would be difficult for him to live without fairy tales.
– Vytautas, why stories occupy such an important place in our life – both children and adults?
– There are many reasons why they are important. First of all, fairy tales arouse curiosity and fantasy. And these are the main qualities of a happy person. Secondly, I find magical things in them – while reading you can not only learn more about yourself, but also reprogram them. Change to another, feel it and understand, live in another "coat". Fairy tales are an important form of psychotherapy, self-awareness and the environment. Not to mention the knowledge of the world.
– So, creating fairy tales, you write them not only for children?
– I often think of parents who will read children, and, look, I'm embarrassed. Critics then say – Think of your audience. And he asks: for whom are your stories? My stories for parents and children. Everyone has things that are not for the child. Or – a very mature child. The book on minebook was chosen as the best children's book of the year, but in my school years I began writing it not for children. Students, friends, friends of the course.
Everyone has things that are not for the child. Or – a very mature child.
– What stories did you like most about your childhood?
– Fabulous tradition in our family is always alive. With our parents and grandparents, we not only followed them, but also improvised, made the most of our stories. It helped me and tried to transfer this skill to my children. Dad had a great sense of humor, sometimes even black humor crawled when we talked about problems with my children. sinWe came to them from afar, from all over the world and often, just from everything that we had fun in a fairy tale.
– You understand: Dad knows what you did, but do not open!
– In our evenings, before bedtime, a fairy tale was necessary. We read or created them ourselves. I read from six, and I opened the whole library of my father. It contained a lot of good interwar literature of children, which in Soviet times was more difficult to reach and to find. Well, even books about Tarzan or Algimantas, for example.
– When did stories start to develop in your mind?
– Tale – a joke of fate or divinity. I was not going to write them, I wanted to be a very serious adult writer or director. But in my humor, my first book about the rudnosyuk was recognized as “childish.” Success, you do not want to pay attention – oh, here it is, fate gives you the opportunity on a plate. Take it, one of many, but unplanned, it will become the most important thing. Only later it turns out that the uninitiated are consistent with my inner game, even with the educational settings.
– Where do your characters come from? They are all very different.
– Each character has its own story. Rudnosyukas came from the nostalgic nature of childhood – Vytautas Nemunelis Rudnosyukas. I missed him, so I started to play what would happen if Rudnosyukas continued to exist? After a while, I realized that each topic reveals a specific archetype. If you want to write about fear, Mother Zita appears – a sign of fear, alertness and silence. You do not do it intentionally, it comes from our folklore.
– You are engaged in a creative fairy tale for ten years, you have seen how children change. What is the connection between modern children and fairy tales, and in general – creativity?
– Relationships are becoming more complex. Literature and the word end in a strong competition with the image. Children's camps are easily assembled in a film camp, and the fairytale workshop must be baked properly. When they encounter a camp, they can control this word, and this is a very interesting area of creativity, opinions change.
Obviously, a generation comes less readers. Even fairy tales are written today from short simple sentences, and in youth it was customary to look for longer descriptions of, say, the meaning of the equivalent of nature. The next generation is the children of the future, so you cannot delay them, none of them will write like John Bilyunas. So you need to learn from them – with their excellent technological know-how, they also offer a quick response to literary solutions. And sometimes the answer to the question arose in me – how will the children accept new work? I often tell them that I start writing at the time I am testing.
A couple of years ago, playing, improvising, tried to move Egle the grasshopper queen in the interwar period, we created a film script. The children began to say such beautiful things that after that I wrote “The Queen of the Rocks” for two years, relying a little on these improvisations. A fruitful, fruitful space, when you see the future reader, understand what he wants to accept and what he rejects.
– Do your children follow stories about their children? Or maybe all the fairy tales remained in the family grandmother?
– The word in our house, the book is loved. Since the three elders are already raising their children, I see how they spread jokes in the books every day.
Gabriel's children are fanatics, publishers, diapers, in all languages, beautiful to watch. These children will be different in the future, Lithuania will become an open country for the whole world. Helen and John, who are getting smaller, also see that they read every evening or live traces of fairy tales. I am satisfied with this tradition, I hope that this will last a long time, although … everything in this world is changing, and traditions create new ones.
The Children's Christmas Island Children's and Youth Literature Festival will be held on December 7-9 at the Vilnius Teachers' House. The event is free. The festival is patronized and partially funded by the municipality of Vilnius. The festival is supported by the Council of Culture of Lithuania.