Explore our selection of teaching materials designed to support teaching and learning before, during and after the Scribblers Tour. Many thanks to the authors and publishers who have supported us in producing this resource.
Ali Sparkes is a journalist and broadcaster who can't help making stuff up. Fortunately she only makes stuff up in books, leaving her journalistic reputation intact. Ali, who lives in Southampton with her husband and two sons, has always loved adventure stories about kids who poke about in woods, about kids who are having a hard time but can still be brave and amazing, about kids who live an ordinary life until something extraordinary happens to them.
Aneirin Karadog is a poet, broadcaster, performer and linguist. He won the chair at the National Eisteddfod in Monmuthshire in 2016. He has been a presenter on Heno on S4C and Children's Poet of Wales. He was a rapper and a member of the bands Genod Droog and Diwygiad. He was brought up in Ponytypridd but now lives in Pontyberem in the Gwendraeth Valley.
Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives in Dublin. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. For many years Brian worked as a teacher and taught in Scotland, Italy and Ireland. His first YA novel, When Mr Dog Bites, was shortlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, and his second, The Bombs That Brought Us Together, won the 2016 Costa Children's Book Award. We Come Apart, a verse novel co-authored with Carnegie Medal winner Sarah Crossan, won the 2018 UKLA Book Award, and his fourth novel, The Weight of a Thousand Feathers, won the 2018 Irish Book Award for Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year. His latest novel is The M Word.
Patrice Lawrence is an award-winning writer, whose debut YA novel Orangeboy won the Bookseller YA Prize and the Waterstones Prize for Older Children's Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award and many regional awards. Indigo Donut, her second book, was shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Prize, was Book of the Week in The Times, The Sunday Times and The Observer, and was one of The Times' top children's books in 2017. Both books have been nominated for the Carnegie Award. Her latest novel is Rose, Interrupted. Patrice was born in Brighton, brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian family in mid-Sussex, and now lives in East London.
Jenny Valentine is the author of Finding Violet Park and Broken Soup. For the Scribblers Tour 2019, she will be leading a creative writing workshop based on a Crime Scene Investigation.
Emma Carroll is a secondary school English teacher. She has also worked as a news reporter, an avocado picker and the person who punches holes into filofax paper. More information on her books is available at: www.faber.co.uk/tutors/emma-carroll.
Karl Nova is a Hip Hop artist, author and poet. He is the winner of CLiPPA 2018 for Rhythm and Poetry, his first published collection.
Visit Karl's website at: https://karlnovaworld.wordpress.com.
For more information and teaching resources visit: https://clpe.org.uk/poetryline/poets/nova-karl.
Nicky's new book, The Survival Game, is a road movie about a girl and a boy trying to get to safety in a world ravaged by climate change.
To find out more about Nicky's work, visit her website nickysinger.com.
Alex Wheatle is the author of several novels, some of them set in Brixton, where he grew up.
For more information, critical perspective and a full bibliography, please visit: https://literature.britishcouncil.org/writer/alex-wheatle.