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Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Children’s author, Alan Gibbons, visited Bolton School Boys’ Division to talk to Year 8 and 9 pupils about life as an author.
In his talk, ‘How I do it’, Alan spoke to the boys about how he became a writer and the inspiration for his books and the process he goes through to write them.
Alan has been writing children's books for seventeen years. He has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2001 and 2003 and twice for the Booktrust Teenage Prize. He has won the Blue Peter Book Award 'The Book I Couldn't Put Down', for his book ‘Shadow of the Minotaur’, the Catalyst Award, the Leicester Book of the Year, the Angus Book of the Year, the Stockport Book Award, the Birmingham Chills Award, the Salford KS4 Award, the Hackney Short Novel Award and the Salford Librarians' Special Award. His books have been published in Japanese, German, Italian, French, Thai, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Swedish and other languages.
Alan lives in Liverpool where he used to teach in a primary school and where as a teacher he began to write for his pupils. He now works with KS1, KS2 and KS3 pupils and makes numerous visits to schools and libraries, colleges and education conferences. He is a popular speaker at the Edinburgh Festival, the London Book Fair, the Northern Children's Book Festival, the Hay-on-Wye Festival, the Cheltenham Festival and many others. Alan has also appeared on the BBC Education programme Writer's Block, Radio 4's Front Row, The World Tonight and The Message programme. He is a regular contributor to the TES, Junior Education, Carousel, Books for Keeps and writes an occasional column for the Liverpool Echo.
Alan is strongly against library closures and in March 2011 he launched a new initiative, calling for a National Libraries Day to celebrate reading for pleasure, public libraries, school libraries and School Library Services.
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