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OCTOBER 6th 2008

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About the Authors:

Theresa Breslin

Theresa Breslin is the critically acclaimed author of over 30 books for children and young adults whose work has been filmed for television and broadcast on radio. Her books are read extensively in schools and world-wide in more than twenty languages. They range from first readers to young adult titles, with some being especially suitable for challenged and EAL readers. She was awarded the Carnegie Medal, the UK’s most prestigious award in children’s literature, for Whispers in the Graveyard, her compelling story of a dyslexic boy. Divided City which explores themes of prejudice and conflict resolution, won the Catalyst Book Award and the RED Book Award, and has been shortlisted for ten other book awards. She is a far-travelled and widely experienced speaker, a respected contributor to professional journals on the subject of children’s literature and literacy, and coordinated a BAFTA nominated CD promoting fiction to 14-16 year olds. http://www.theresabreslin.co.uk/


Alan Gibbons 

Alan is a Blue Peter Book Award winner and children's author, who currently lives in the North of England. In addition to being a full-time writer, he is an educational consultant and speaks at schools across the UK and abroad He has been a regular speaker at the Edinburgh and London Book Festivals, the Northern Childrens Book Festival, Hay on Wye and Children's Books Ireland. His work is published in nineteen languages and he visits many schools internationally. Alan Gibbons is spearheading a campaign against library cuts and closures, so school libraries are very dear to his heart.  http://www.alangibbons.com/


Julia Jarman

Julia is a prize-winning author who writes picture books for young children, novels for teenagers and chapter books for in-betweens. The crazy Kangaroo’s Cancan Café will shortly appear on the BBC television. Her Time Travelling Cat series and Hangman, a gripping realistic story of bullying, are read widely in schools.   Formerly a teacher, she is an enthusiastic speaker in schools and libraries where she shares the secrets of the author’s craft. www.juliajarman.com.


Mark Robson

Mark combines believable characters in a medieval military setting with magic, sorcery and wizardry in a fast moving action adventure. In 1982 he won a scholarship to join the RAF as a pilot and was an operational pilot in the RAF for over twenty years. He is the author of eight successful books with a further three due out soon. http://www.markrobsonauthor.com/


G P Taylor  

G P Taylor is the author of the best-selling novels Shadowmancer and Wormwood. Before taking up writing full-time, the New York Times best selling author, was an Anglican priest in the village of Cloughton, North Yorkshire. http://www.gptaylor.info


All have agreed to write the first paragraph of a story, which will be circulated around schools both in the UK and abroad for students to write the next paragraph and pass on. All the authors were contacts of Mrs Humphrey LRC manager at Woolwich Polytechnic. All are very happy to help with this project, which encourages students to enjoy creative writing and to read. Alan Gibbons is spearheading a campaign against library cuts and closures, so school libraries are very dear to his heart.
(For more details see http://alangibbons.net/)

Author Images (email writepath2008@yahoo.co.uk for images or interviews)

Sample first line of stories so far:
Alan Gibbons - Everybody was excited about the trip to Spain.
Julia Jarman - I found it in the cupboard under the stairs, in the dark, at the back. 
Mark Robson - “Come on you slugs!  Faster!  The Pharoah is due to visit any day now.  Keep it moving”