The Writing Process from Notebook to Novel

David Almond, award-winning author of Skellig and A Song for Ella Grey, shares his top tips on turning a messy imagination into neat and tidy printed pages. 

We have created learning resources to help you explore David Almond's books and different ways to approach writing. They are available here.

Competition: Win a signed copy of David Almond's The Savage and A Song for Ella Grey!

Thanks to Walker Books and Hodder Children's Books, we have a prize to offer one lucky winner: The Savage, part novel, part graphic novel, with striking art from Dave McKean, and A Song for Ella Grey, Almond's compelling retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice legend, set in modern day Tyneside.

To win these two brilliant books, all you have to do is email your answer to the following question to, marked 'David Almond competition'. Please send your responses by 5pm Monday 30 January.

David Almond loves to write his ideas in a sketchbook using lots of different types of stationary. In the video, what colour highlighter does David produce from his pencil case?

a) green

b) pink

c) gold



Filmed as part of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour of the Scottish Borders, East Lothian & Midlothian. Find out more about David's tour here.