Melvin Burgess on Censorship

Melvin Burgess is one of the UK’s best contemporary authors of young adult fiction, a reputation built upon his uncompromising, hard-hitting and multi-award-winning novels. Melvin writes with a voice that teenagers respond to, honestly portraying sex, drugs culture, family breakdown and other social issues as well as borrowing imagery and style from films, gaming and music.

Here Melvin gives his views on censorship, approaching potentially traumatic subject matter and discussing challenging content with young people. 








Filmed on location at Bannerman High School Library in Glasgow as part of the Book Week Scotland Road Show.

Dowload learning resources designed to help you engage reluctant readers with Melvin's books here.


Competition Time: win signed copies of Junk, Doing It and Kill All Enemies!

Thanks to Penguin Books and Andersen Press we have a bundle of three signed Melvin Burgess books to give away.

To enter simply email your answer to the question below to marked "Melvin Burgess Competition"

- Which book did Melvin Burgess win the Carnegie Medal for in 1997?

Closing date 5pm, Monday 29 February. Open to UK applicants only. Full terms and conditions.