“I like writing for children because their minds are still forming,” said Mr Thorpe whose novel is set in a coastal Wales ravaged by climate change and rising sea levels.
“They are asking all sorts of questions about how the world is working. Their minds haven’t been tainted by ideological bias, they are still open minded about it.
“You can try to be seriously subversive and try to infect their minds with these viral ideas that they can explore on their own to make it exciting. When I was that age I loved having my mind boggled.”
“Climate fiction has only just begun. Any book from now on will have to have something about climate change in it.”
Jane Davidson, the former minister for environment and sustainability in Wales who chaired the talk, said that ‘cli-fi’ was ‘taking off in a big way.’