Writer in Residence: Candy Gourlay
Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer in Residence to write blogs, run competitions and give us their own unique perspective on the world of children's books.
Our current Writer in Residence is Candy Gourlay, who will explore the theme of books as both windows and mirrors to the world.
Philippines-born and London-based, Candy is well-known for her books Bone Talk, Is It a Mermaid? (illustrated by Francesca Chessa), Shine and Tall Story.
She has been nominated for top industry prizes including the Guardian Children’s Book Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Branford Boase Award.
Candy Gourlay says about her residency at BookTrust:
'I’m incredibly excited to be invited as BookTrust's Writer in Residence! Growing up in the Philippines in uncertain times made me think I would probably never get a chance to see the world. But books proved me wrong.
'Between the covers of books, I travelled all over the world, met the most extraordinary characters and learned that there were more ways to live than I knew. Someone said books are windows and mirrors. Windows because they allow you to look beyond your own experience. Mirrors because they reflect the universality of humanity. Windows and Mirrors – as BookTrust's Writer in Residence, I hope everyone will join in exploring this theme.'
Previous Writers in Residence
Previous writers to take up the post include Matt Haig, Laura Dockrill, Cressida Cowell, Chris Riddell and Patrick Ness – see what fun things they all got up to during their time in residence.
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