On Friday 24th April 2014 year 9&10 pupils were treated to a visit by top children’s author Alan Gibbons. He spoke to them about how his upbringing in the 1960’s in the North West of England, especially the music of such groups as The Beatles, The Hollies & Bob Marley influenced him and inspired him to want to write stories. His humorous re-telling of being a teacher, meeting his wife and making the decision to become a full-time writer was hugely entertaining.
Alan has had 54 books published and sales of these exceed the 2 million mark. His novels cover a broad range of genres, from fantasy to sport through to hard-hitting topics such as the 9/11 bombings, guns and domestic violence. His latest novel, ‘Hate’ is based on the true story of Sophie Lancaster, a young woman who was killed just for dressing differently. It is a thriller about love,
loss hate and forgiveness, and about standing up to prejudice.
Alan has won many book awards, amongst which are the Blue Peter Award 2000, the Catalyst Award and RED award. He was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2001/3 and twice for the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Alan has also appeared on various TV programmes.[widgetkit id=1964]