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70 Years Celebration

 
Brian Conaghan

Brian Conaghan

Brian Conaghan was raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge. While at school he performed miserably in most areas, however the University of Glasgow took pity on him and dished out, among other things, a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. Throughout the years Conaghan has been a painter and decorator, a barman, a DJ, an actor and a teacher. He currently lives in Dublin with his wife and daughter.


Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan is originally from Dublin. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University and has been working to promote creative writing in schools since. She completed her Masters in creative writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing. Crossan's debut book, The Weight of Water, won The Eilís Dillon Award for a First Children's Book (CBI Book of the Year Awards), the We Read Prize, a Coventry Inspiration Book Award and a UKLA Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the CLPE Poetry Award. Her next book, One, is published in August 2015.


Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK alone. Fuelled by her own experiences as a child, Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia awareness, working to change the way it is perceived by society. Her Young Adult novel Maggot Moon won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 and the Costa Children's Book Award 2012.


Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, before joining a software company. However, by this time a persistent friend had finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly By Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. Cuckoo Song is her fifth novel.


Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children's books. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal five times previously. Laird was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but is of Scottish descent and was educated at Croydon High School. She has spent much of her life living and working abroad, including long spells in Lebanon, Ethiopia and India. Elizabeth has published many books for all ages and has won many awards, including the Smarties Young Judges Award, and the Lancashire Book Award. She lives in Richmond and Edinburgh with her husband.


Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people including the ‘Sam Swann' series, The Goldsmith's Daughter, Mondays Are Murder and the beautiful picture book Mary's Penny. She writes with great authority on US history. Her novel Apache was nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal. She lives in Bideford, Devon.


Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean is one of today's most successful and highly regarded children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times) and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. In 2005 she was chosen from over 100 other authors to write the official sequel to J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan". "Peter Pan in Scarlet" was published in 2006 to wide critical acclaim. Geraldine lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and golden retriever, Daisy.


Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is the internationally prize-winning author of seven books including the bestselling Chaos Walking trilogy, and is published in over twenty languages. Collectively the three titles – The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men have won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Costa Children's Book Award, and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. In 2011 Monsters of Men won the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal after all three books in the trilogy were shortlisted, the first time that has ever happened. Ness' sixth book, A Monster Calls, received high critical acclaim and was the winner of the Children's Book of the Year Award at the Galaxy National Book Awards, the Red House Children's Book Award and the UKLA Children's Book Prize. In June 2012, A Monster Calls became the first book ever to win both CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.