A British writer David Almond is a participant of the 18th International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction, where the United Kingdom will be the Country of Honour this year as a part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016.
About the AUTHOR
David Almond is one of the UK’s most beloved authors for adults and children, and his books are bestsellers all over the world, with sales of over 1 million.
He is a twice winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. He first won the award with Skellig, which also won a Carnegie Medal and has since been adapted into an opera, a film and a stage play (The Young Vic, 2003). The second Whitbread winner was The Fire-Eaters. Other award winning titles include Clay, and Kit’s Wilderness.
Viking published David’s second novel for adults, The Tight-Rope Walkers, in 2014. David’s children's play, Wild Girl, Wild Boy toured the UK in 2001. His young adults’ novel Heaven Eyes premiered in a stage adaptation at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2005.
In 2010 he won the internationally recognised Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Describing Almond as "a creator of magical realism for children", the jury praised his "unique voice" and the way he "captures his young readers' imagination and motivates them to read, think and be critical". "His use of language is sophisticated and reaches across the ages". In 2013 he was given the Eleanor Farjeon Award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books by an individual or organisation.