Born May 15th.
David Almond’s website is having a facelift right now – so check it out later. In the meantime:
His first book, Sleepless Nights, a collection of short stories for adults, was published in 1985 and was followed in 1997 by a second volume, A Kind of Heaven. His first children’s novel, Skellig, the story of a strange, part-human ‘creature’ who transforms the lives of two young children forever, was published to immediate acclaim in 1998. The book won both the Carnegie Medal (1998) and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award (1998). In 2007, it was shortlisted for the Carnegie of Carnegies. He was given an Arts Council Writers’ Award to work on Kit’s Wilderness (1999), a teenage novel inspired by the author’s childhood memories of disused mines. It was awarded a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Silver Award) and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal (2000) and for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.
Counting Stars (2000) is a collection of children’s stories, again inspired by the author’s memories of his own childhood and family, and a selection of stories from this volume was published separately in March 2002 under the title Where Your Wings Were, as one of five World Book Day publications. A play, Wild Girl, Wild Boy, was published in March 2002, and a stage version of Skellig was published in April 2002 to coincide with the National Theatre’s production of the play. The Fire-Eaters (2003), centres on the fortunes of Bobby Burns and his encounters with a fire-eating devil called McNulty. It was awarded the Gold medal in the Age 9-11 category at the 2003 Nestlé Smarties awards and won the 2003 Whitbread Children’s Book Award. It also won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (USA). Clay (2005), was shortlisted for the 2006 Costa Children’s Book Award, and the 2006 Carnegie Medal.
David Almond’s work is translated into more than 20 languages. He lives in Northumberland and was the recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2010. His latest children’s novel is My Name is Mina (2010), a prequel to Skellig, and nominated for a 2012 Carnegie Medal. In 2011 his first adult novel was published – The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean.
Book since 2011 include:
The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas (2012), The Tightrope Walkers (2014) and A Song for Ella Grey (2014).
Claire and Ella and their friends are bound by ties so strong they seem unbreakable. Then the strange and handsome Orpheus strolls onto the beach, and he sings them all into an astonishing new understanding of themselves. Ella is caught the hardest, fastest, deepest—and Claire is left with the pain of looking on.
Raw, emotional, lyrical, funny, and true, A Song for Ella Grey is a tale of the joys, troubles, and desires of modern teens. It takes place in the ordinary streets of Tyneside and on the beautiful beaches of Northumberland. It’s a story of first love, a love song that draws on ancient mythical forces. A love that leads Ella, Orpheus, and Claire to the gates of Death and beyond.