Adèle Geras was born in Jerusalem. She was educated at Roedean School, Brighton and St Hilda\'s College Oxford. Since 1976 she has been a full time writer and has published more than 90 books for readers of all ages. Her novel Troy was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. In 2003, her first novel for adults, Facing the Light, was published and her latest adult novel is A Hidden Life. A book for young adults, Dido, will appear later in 2009 published by David Fickling Books. She has written several novels with Jewish themes, including A Candle in the Dark, which is about the Kindertransports and Voyage which is about emigration to the United States of America at the beginning of the twentieth century. She lives in Manchester.
Two grandes dames of children’s literature met for the first time ever. Between them they have lived in ten countries, won countless awards and written over 130 books (and not just for children) including , Reid Banks’ The Indian in the Cupboard and The L-Shaped Room and Geras’ My Grandmother’s Stories and Voyage.
Here they discussed the challenge of integrating history into their writing and revealed their inspirations and the secret to writing for different generations of chi...
Writing children’s books
This session was aimed at anyone who would like to write for children. The workshop outlined ways of getting your story on to the page and also discussed how best to try for publication in what is a very difficult economic climate.