Keynote Speakers

David Almond

  • Children's Literature Author

David Almond is the author of SkelligKit’s WildernessMy Name is MinaJoe Quinn’s PoltergeistThe Tightrope WalkersThe SavageA Song for Ella GreyHalf a Creature from the SeaThe Colour of the SunThe Tale of Angelino BrownThe Dam and many more novels, stories, picture books, plays, songs and opera libretti. His work has been translated into over 40 languages and he has won a string of major awards around the world, including the Nonino International Prize and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. In 2022 he was awarded an OBE for services to literature.


David will be joining us for an author Q&A session. This will follow a special archive handling event featuring material from his archive from Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books, along with other treasures from Seven Stories and Newcastle University's special collections.