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Alan Dapré

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Contact: mail@alandapre.com
Local authority: North Ayrshire
Languages: English
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I'm the author of 60 books for children. My stories and plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio & published for use in schools. A former TV scriptwriter whose work was BAFTA nominated, I now write funny stories for young readers.Reviewers have picked up on the pacy plotting, inventive wordplay & quirky humour in my work. I don't write for boys or girls. I write for all children because stories are for everyone. My latest series is written with gender equality in mind. It stars Isla and Ross, equally resourceful twins.

During a turbulent childhood in children's homes, I took comfort from stories. I see books as awesome black holes with infinite possibilities that suck you in and transport you to new worlds. I love their universal appeal.

I also enjoy doing fun-filled sessions for festivals, schools & libraries. I offer a range of lively sessions: a pun-filled wordplay workshop (any age), a colourful character creation class for P1-4, and a board game making session for P4-7. I also do an assembly-style event for as many children as you like. It features lots of props, volunteering and humour, plus extracts from my Porridge the Tartan Cat Books.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Care-experienced people; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18)

Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Care experience; Childhood; Comedy, humour & funny books; Editing & editing your own work; Family; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; Gender equality; Picture books; Publishing & getting published

Age groups published for

Children; Teens

Age groups can work with

3-5; 6-8; 9-11

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+