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Aidan Chambers

UK flag (b.1934)

A constant reader, Aidan Chambers was for eleven years during the 1950s and 60s a
teacher of English and drama in secondary schools, seven of them
as a modern-style monk. In 1968 he became a freelance author of
fiction and a writer about and speaker on reading and literature.

In recent years he has lectured in Sweden, Holland, Italy,
Canada and Belgium, where in March 2009 he delivered a keynote
speech at a European Union Conference on Cultural Education,
Innovation, Creativity and Youth, organised by the Flemish
Ministry of Education. He has an honorary PhD from the
University of Umeå, Sweden, and a Doctorate of Letters from the
University of Gloucestershire, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Literature.
Among his current writing projects is an adult antenovel
and a book on the poetics of youth literature.
He lives with his wife, Nancy, in a village in