All About Alan Gibbons
Leading children’s author Alan Gibbons is a born storyteller. Whether it’s fantasy tales of werewolves and demons or gripping stories about teenagers’ real life struggles, Alan can spin a story to excite even the most reluctant young reader.
Alan won the Blue Peter Book Award 2000 ‘The book I couldn’t put down’ for his best-selling book Shadow of the Minotaur and was a judge of the 2001 Awards. Alan has also been shortlisted twice for both the Carnegie Medal and Booktrust Teenage Prizes. He has won numerous awards throughout the United Kingdom including the Catalyst Award and the Leicester Book of the Year and is a popular speaker at the Edinburgh Festival, the London Book Fair and the Northern Children’s Book Festival among others.
Alongside his long list of achievements as an author, Alan is a dynamic educator, passionate about inspiring young people to read and write. He has toured thousands of schools, libraries, colleges and education conferences throughout the United Kingdom and abroad, presenting workshops and seminars to children, teachers and educators.
Alan is a recommended author on the English KS3 list and SLA list of books for boys. In fact, typically non-reading young males are among his biggest fans. Alan’s books are also popular with international audiences and have been translated into a number of languages including Japanese, German, French, Thai, Danish and Spanish.
With over 16 years teaching experience in the classroom, Alan’s presentations to schools are always energetic and memorable. His workshops are informative, accessible and fun, giving students the skills, encouragement and inspiration they need to develop their own personal writing style.
Alan also conducts courses for teachers, librarians and educators. He has led teacher-training sessions throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the Far East and has written a successful series of ‘Teach Me’ writing guides for classroom teachers on poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
Alan has appeared on several television and radio programmes including the BBC Education programme Writer’s Block, Radio 4’s Front Row, The World Tonight and The Message programme. He is a regular contributor to TES, Junior Education, Carousel, Books for Keeps and other journals.
Alan lives in Liverpool where he works as a full time writer and independent educational consultant.
Alan’s School Visits
Alan’s presentations to schools combine an inspirational author’s talk and stimulating writing workshops for pupils.
Author’s Talk: 50-60 minutes
Alan starts his presentation to students with a lively author’s talk. In this ‘behind the scenes’ talk Alan introduces how he started writing, where he gets his ideas from and the various themes in his work. Alan includes plenty of amusing anecdotes and tales from his story-writing adventures and tours which are bound to entertain!
The second half of the talk is a 20-30 minute question and answer session. Children are given a chance to ask Alan about his books and experience as an author. It’s an excellent opportunity for those who have read Alan’s books to ask questions about their favourite stories or for a general group discussion.
Writing Workshop: 50-60 minutes
In part two of his presentation Alan engages children in a stimulating writing workshop. This fast-paced, interactive session not only introduces children to a broad range of genres and writing skills, it gives them an opportunity to try them out!
With an enormous bank of writing activities to choose from, Alan can work with groups on fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Alan works closely with children to develop their writing and to look at specific features of the text. Previous writing activities include: a ghost story, an adventure story, list poems, nature poems, biography/autobiography and newspaper reports.
Alan’s workshops are exciting and informative, providing students with a firm structure and the freedom to experiment in a fun and supportive environment. Alan provides students with the tools, encouragement and inspiration they need to develop their own unique writing style.
“I don’t tell students how to write. I demonstrate one author’s approach and the various narrative techniques he uses. My aim is to present the pupils with a repertoire of genres and writing skills. It is from this range that they can begin to forge their own personal style.”
**Alan signs all copies of his books purchased by students on the day of his visit.**
Alan Gibbons is at his chilling best in this new collection of nerve-jangling stories from one of the UK’s leading exponents of children’s horror.
Terrifying tales of vampire slayers, vengeful ghosts, rampaging werewolves and demonic computers mean that this book has something for everyone.
With action, excitement, danger and suspense on every page, Dark Spaces will have you gripping the edge of your seat, scared to enter the darkness alone.
Alan has also written many other books. For more information on these, visit Alan’s website: www.alangibbons.com
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Recommendations and Reviews
“We had an fabulous day learning more about the craft of the writer, where inspiration comes from, how stories are constructed and how to use our vocab to give our stories more meaning. The children at Newfield School, Sheffield, all enjoyed writing a truly dark tale with Alan. He really engaged their inner selves and creative imagination. We literally sat in the room with the hairs on the back of our necks tingling as the short ghost story developed. We also looked at poetry and constructed octopoems. There’s a poet in everyone and it was just a pleasure to have had the chance to meet and work with a genuinely friendly man. We had a questions and answers section in our visit and we all got the chance to ask Alan about his books and inspiration. If you are planning an author visit or are thinking about who to invite, Alan is a great writer. Everyone involved will be engaged and entertained. His visit will be in the minds of all who took part, for some time.” – Louise Taylor, LRC manager, Newfield School, Sheffield
“Pupils’ achievement is very good. This is due to the effective deployment of the talented Author in Residence, and the focused teaching of skills in dedicated writing lessons.” – Ofsted Report on one of Alan’s schools
“Girls will find this unputdownable, and if you’ve got a boy who is a reluctant reader then this is guaranteed to make him change his mind. Gibbons is a teacher and knows how to hook a child’s interest.” – The Guardian
“This book has something for everyone – action, excitement, anger and suspense. You’ll not want to put it down!” – Sheryl Fenwick, Evening Chronicle, Durham
“Alan Gibbons is committed to writing books boys will read…No film or televising could compete with the immediacy of this intense plotting.” – Sunday Herald
“Fast and compelling ‘must read’…I can’t recommend it highly enough.” – Books for Keeps
[His readers] “won’t close this novel without having added considerably to their palette of experience and knowledge.” – Lindsey Fraser, Guardian
“A grippingly told story that will appeal to the most reluctant reader.’ – Linda Newbery, Times Educational Supplement
To Make a Booking
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