Same-sex marriage opponent Brian Sewell writes children’s book

Molly Rose Pike February 16, 2015
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The gay art critic, who opposes same sex marriage, wants to inspire children’s curiosity with his first children’s book ‘The White Umbrella’.

Brian Sewell has written his first children’s book at age 83 because he says he thinks children lack curiosity.

The White Umbrella, which will be published next month, is based on a true story. 20 years ago Sewell attempted to save a wounded donkey while working in Peshawar, Pakistan and the event is still on his conscience.

Openly gay Sewell said: “She was bleeding heavily from four wounds caused by loads on her back. My instincts were to take her.”

Despite being openly gay himself he has been vocal about opposing same-sex marriage.

The book’s main character, Mr B, does save the donkey named Pavlova. Sewell is concerned that children and young people are not as curious about the world the round them as they once were. His hope for the story is that it sparks that curiosity.

The White Umbrella will be released next month

“I find young people – even in their twenties – have absolutely no interest in what is going on about them. I hope they will be encouraged to be curious about things.”

Sewell has previously caused controversy for complaining that soaps have too many gay characters. He accused the BBC of spreading “sexual propaganda” to children.

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