Alan Gibbons

Saturday 29 September 10am–12pm


Sunday 30 September 10am–12pm


Creative Writing Course for Adults:

Fiction: A Self Discovery.
What could be more idyllic for any budding author then to sit in one of the oldest country house libraries in Yorkshire and learn from one of the UK’s most respected authors of both adult and young adult fiction, Alan Gibbons.
Join Alan for this fascinating writing workshop for adults, with the stimulating theme of Crisis.
Crisis: We have all had one and writers love nothing better than a good trauma around which to drape a story. Award-winning author Alan Gibbons will lead creative writing sessions exploring experience, memory and self-exploration in a psychological response to crisis. It will be the perfect antidote to the notion that writing is what you tell ‘em. No, it is how you tell ‘em. A 2 hour course that could change your life as a budding author.

About Alan:

Alan is a full time writer and independent educational consultant and has been writing children's books for twenty three years. Alan’s books have been published in Japanese, German, Italian, French, Thai, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Swedish and other languages.

He is the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2000 'The book I couldn't put down' for his best-selling book Shadow of the Minotaur. He has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2001 and 2003 and twice for the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Alan has won the Catalyst Award, the Leicester Book of the Year, the Leicester Short Novel of the year, the Angus Book of the Year and the RED Award twice!

Alan was a teacher for 16 years, working with KS1, KS2 and KS3 and visits over 150 schools a year across the UK as well as libraries, colleges and education conferences in both the UK and overseas, speaking at the AISA and ECIS conferences in Nairobi and Istanbul. He is a popular speaker at the Edinburgh Festival, the London Book Fair, the Northern Children's Book Festival and the Cheltenham Festival. 

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Alan has won the Blue Peter Book Award 2000 The book I couldn't put down.