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
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: http://alangibbons.net.
Read Alan's essay 'Why do libraries matter?'