Skellig author David Almond to give talk at Sunderland University

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AWARD-WINNING children’s author David Almond will be casting a spell at Sunderland’s university.

The Skellig author will reveal the magic behind some of his fictional creations at his talk, Practical Magic, how do stories appear on the page?

Taking place at the Murray Library Theatre in Chester Road on Thursday, May 8, at 7pm, the talk is part of the University of Sunderland’s Discover series.

David is an Honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Sunderland. He is twice winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, and is one of only three UK authors to win the Hans Christian Anderson Award, considered the world’s most prestigious children’s literature award.

His first novel Skellig also won the Carnegie Medal, and was adapted to film in 2009, starring Tim Roth.

David said: “We are all creative and imaginative beings. Creativity is ordinary, human, down-to-earth, but in its spontaneity and unexpectedness, it is also a kind of magic.

“Creativity is not simply a mental process but involves the senses, the body, dreams, speculation – but also hard work and routine. A finished work, such as a book, appears to be perfect, but is the product of an imperfect, playful, messy process. We are imperfect beings in an imperfect world. Imperfection is the root of all human creativity. A child once asked me – children ask the best questions – ‘How do you turn the mess in your head into straight lines on the page?’ This talk will try to answer that question.”

The talk is free, but must be booked at, by emailing, or on 515 3169.