Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons is a novelist, campaigner and staunch advocate for libraries. He won the Blue Peter Book Award 2000 – ’The book I couldn’t put down’ – with his best selling Shadow of the Minotaur (Orion 1999). He has also won the Angus, Leicester, Stockport, Catalyst, Birmingham Chills, Salford Young Adult, Hackney Short Novel, Leicester Junior novel and Salford Librarians Special Awards. In addition Alan has been runner up, twice in each case, of the Carnegie and Booktrust Teenage Prize.

After teaching in Merseyside schools, Alan became a full-time writer twenty years ago. He performs and runs writing workshops in schools, libraries, colleges, education conferences and writing festivals and has toured as far as China, New Zealand, Brazil, Brunei, Malawi, Bahrain and Kenya. Alan has appeared on Blue Peter, BBC News, Radio Four, Five Live, Radio City and BBC Radio Merseyside. He has written a column in Liverpool Echo and Hong Economic Times. He is the organiser of the Campaign for the Book. Visit Alan's website here:

Read Alan's essay 'Why do libraries matter?'

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