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Top author is special guest for lucky pupils; Youngsters get chance to quiz Almond about work.

YOUNGSTERS on Tyneside have been getting inspiration from one of the region's most successful children's authors.

Pupils from selected North East schools were invited to an exclusive workshop with David Almond this week.

The event took place at Newcastle's City Library and David told the youngsters about his journey to becoming a writer and what inspires his work.

David is best-known for his debut story Skellig, which is about a boy called Michael who discovers a strange creature living in his parents' garage.

The workshop coincided with the stage version of Skellig being performed in the region.

It is currently showing at The Journal Tyne Theatre and performances will run until Saturday.

Janice Hall, from Newcastle Libraries, said: "We were delighted to have a highlyregarded, local author such as David Almond here at the new Newcastle City Library.

"His books are so imaginative and innovative that they never fail to excite and inspire children and young people of all ages.

"I'm sure that this was the case with the invited children at this event."

David, who is originally from Gateshead but now lives in Northumberland, is a patron of Seven Stories, Newcastle's centre for children's books.

His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and widely adapted for stage and screen.

Skellig has also been turned into an opera. It was performed at The Sage Gateshead last year.

David is twice winner of the Whitbread Children's Novel of the Year Award and the prestigious Carnegie Medal.

He has written novels, plays and picture books for children, all of which are influenced by his North East heritage.

His other books include My Dad's A Birdman and Jackdaw Summer, which was published last year.


Welbeck Primary School, St John Vianney Primary School and Our Lady and St Anne's Primary School INSPIRATION: Popular author David Almond spoke about his work to selected pupils in a special event at Newcastle City Library
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Date:Oct 15, 2009
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