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David Almond (1951-) Biography

Awards, Honors, SidelightsPersonal, Addresses, Career, Writings, Work in Progress

Born 1951, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England; Education: University of East Anglia, B.A. (with honors). Hobbies and other interests: Walking, listening to music, traveling, spending time with family.

Agent—c/o Hodder Children's Books, Publicity Department, 338 Euston Rd., London NW1 3BH, England.

Teacher in primary, adult, and special-education schools in England; Panurge (fiction magazine), editor, 1987-93; creative writing tutor for Arvon Foundation beginning 1987 and Open College of the Arts, 1995-99; Huntington School, York, England, visiting writer, 1996-98; Hartlepool Schools, writer-in-residence, spring, 1999; visiting speaker and course leader.

JUVENILE FICTION

Skellig, Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 1998, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 1999.

Kit's Wilderness, Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 1999, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2000.

Heaven Eyes, Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2000, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2001.

Counting Stars (short stories), Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2000, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2002.

Secret Heart, Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2001, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2002.

The Fire-Eaters, Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2003, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2004.

Kate, the Cat, and the Moon, illustrated by Stephen Lambert, Random House (New York, NY), 2005.

Kit's Wilderness and Skellig have been translated and published in several other languages; short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four.

OTHER

Mickey and the Emperor (play for children), produced at Washington Arts Center,1984.

Sleepless Nights (short stories), Iron Press (North Shields, Northumberland, England), 1985.

A Kind of Heaven (short stories), Iron Press (North Shields, Northumberland, England), 1997.

Skellig: A Play (first produced on BBC Radio 4, 2000), Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2002.

Wild Girl, Wild Boy: A Play (first produced in London, England, 2001), Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2002.

Clay Boy (radio play), produced on BBC Radio 4, 2002.

Two Plays (contains Wild Girl, Wild Boy and Skellig), Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2005.

Contributor to London and Critical Quarterly.

Writing Secret Heart, a fourth novel for young adults; a radio dramatization of Skellig; a play for children.

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