Award winning author of Skellig and The Fire Eaters, David Almond, touching down at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival 4th July


Hurry! Only a few spaces remain for what promises to be a standout event at this year’s Manchester Children’s Book Festival. A legend among children’s literature authors, David Almond, will be appearing in conversation with Manchester Writing School’s Livi Michael.


On the agenda for discussion will be the importance of reading for pleasure and the role of festivals in engaging audiences, including children and young adults, in reading. David will, of course, be talking about his own work as well as inviting fans to have their copies of his books personally signed.


To name just a few hits from the author’s extensive back catalogue, notable works have included Skellig (1998), The Fire-Eaters (2003), The Savage (2008) and My Name is Mina (2010). However, in a career spanning almost 30 years, David has penned over 20 hit children’s books alongside numerous plays.


The list of accolades which accompanies his back catalogue could fill a few pages standing alone. To pick out just a few highlights, it includes 6 Carnegie Medal shortlisting’s (including the Carnegie of Carnegies in 2008 for Skellig), the Whitbread Children’s Book Award 2003 (The Fire Eaters) and the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award.


Of his work David saysWriting can be difficult, but sometimes it really does feel like a kind of magic. I think that stories are living things – among the most important things in the world.”


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