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David Almond


UK (1951 - )

David Almond was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1951 and grew up in the small mining town of Felling.

He was educated at the University of East Anglia and Newcastle Polytechnic. After graduating he worked as a teacher for five years before moving to a remote artists' commune in Norfolk to concentrate on his writing. He then returned to Newcastle, where he worked as a part-time Special Needs teacher and edited the literary fiction journal Panurge. He is an experienced creative writing teacher and has worked for the Arvon Foundation and for schools, colleges and universities and is in demand as a speaker at festivals and conferences around the world.

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, General Fiction
 
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Awards
Carnegie Medal Best Book winner (1999) : Skellig
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book nominee (2000) : Skellig
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book winner (2001) : Kit's Wilderness
Costa Children's Book Award Best Novel nominee (2006) : Clay
Carnegie Medal Best Book nominee (2012) : My Name is Mina


David Almond recommends

Fleshmarket (2003)
Nicola Morgan
"A dramatic and thought-provoking book. Nicola Morgan is a fine writer."

Breathing Underwater (2009)
(Freya, book 1)
Julia Green
"Julia Green is a writer to watch."

Between Sky and Earth (2013)
(Vango, book 1)
Timothée De Fombelle
"Exciting, unusual, and beautifully written."

Bronze and Sunflower (2015)
Cao Wenxuan
"A beautiful book-a treat for all young readers."

Whistling in the Dark (2015)
Shirley Hughes
"One of our greatest writers and illustrators."

Beck (2016)
Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff
"An engrossing, rich, ambitious, wonderfully written book."


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