Anne Donovan describes her inspiration for the text and describes her own feelings of childish joy when she used the glitter pens. She highlights the importance of colour in the story describing our reaction to death being silence and rejection of colour, but Clare celebrates life through colour. The author explains that she chose to write about a child in the transition years as this enabled her to explore a character who is aware of some adult experiences and yet still a child. Donovan finally talks about the differences between a novel and short story. She draws parallels with a poem through its 'resonance' and describes the ending as simply resonating without having to tie everything up.

First broadcast:
17 October 2007

Ask students to identify areas of symbolism (many of the ideas in the text are based around symbolism: the pens, Claire's name and light at the end.) How do they interpret each image? After watching the clip, split the class into groups and ask them to explore the main themes which appeared in the story (growing up, belief in oneself, death, childhood). Encourage groups to choose a theme and ask each of them to come up with a tableau (a still portrait with no words) to illustrate what they think describes the theme. Give them 10-15 minutes to decide what their tableau would look like and practice getting into their still poses. Each group can then present their tableau to the rest of the class. When a group is presenting, ask the observers to watch closely and ask the following questions: "What did you notice in the tableau? What positions were people in? High? Low? Far apart? Together? Touching? What are they doing? How does it make you feel? Why do you say this?" Encourage students to jot down the key ideas, feelings and evidence that come out of this conversation, then ask the students to write a short story about the image (theme and feeling) that interests them the most.