The SCWBI Conference Key Note Speaker yesterday was David Almond. He is the most inspiring, refreshing and encouraging speaker EVER. I loved his talk and workshop which was about 'releasing the writer within'. It felt like he was only talking to me and validating my own writing journey.
I was lucky enough to sit on the same table as David for lunch and later I plucked up the courage to ask for a picture with him as he signed one of his books (The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas) for me.
I conclude that David Almond is a great writer, with the right message for children, a gentle person who gets (understandably) excited by the contents of pencil cases and makes crazy scribbles all over his notepads.
I felt honoured to meet him. Please read his books.
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