Candy Gourlay is a Carnegie-nominated Filipino author based in the UK. Her debut novel TALL STORY won the 2011 Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines. It was shortlisted for 13 prizes including the Blue Peter and Waterstones Prize. Her second novel SHINE was long-listed for the Guardian Children's Book Prize and has won the 2014 Crystal Kite Prize for Europe.
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.' Philip Ardagh, The Guardian Read the review
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Dear Character, I love you but I'm going to kill you
Arthur Rackham's illustration of The Three Bears
Have you ever wondered if there was a fourth bear in The Three Bears? And did Little Red Riding Hood have a sister in a blue dress? And what about Peter Pan's best buddy? For every great character, there exists a cast of alternative heroes who never made it to the final book. Authors have to be tough on their stories and sadly, not every character make the cut.