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The Carnegie Medal-winning author of Skellig (1998), he is also known for such similarly popular children's titles as Kit's Wilderness (1999), The Fire-Eaters (2003), and Clay (2005). He was the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's literature.
He studied literature at the University of East Anglia. He subsequently spent a decade in near obscurity, publishing only fiction for adults, including his 1987 novel, A Kind of Heaven.
Almond was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1951 and raised in neighbouring Felling in Gateshead. His father was an office manager in an engineering factory and his mother a shorthand typist. He was raised Catholic at St Joseph's Catholic Academy and had four sisters and one brother. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a writer and "wrote stories and stitched them into little books." He describes his childhood as one with "much joy" but also "much sadness," losing his younger sister and father at a young age.
Almond published his first collection of stories in 1985, Sleepless Nights. His second collection, A Kind of Heaven, appeared in 1987. He then wrote a series of stories which drew on his own childhood, and which would eventually be published as Counting Stars, published by Hodder in 2000. In the next seven years, four more novels by Almond made the Carnegie Medal shortlist of five to eight books. Since Skellig his novels, stories, and plays have also brought international success and widespread critical acclaim. They are Kit's Wilderness (1999), Heaven Eyes (2000), Secret Heart (2001), The Fire Eaters (2003), Clay (2005), Jackdaw Summer (2008), and My Name is Mina (2010), a prequel to Skellig. He collaborates with leading artists and illustrators, including Polly Dunbar (My Dad's a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon); Stephen Lambert (Kate, the Cat and the Moon;) and Dave McKean (The Savage, Slog's Dad and the forthcoming Mouse Bird Snake Wolf). His plays include Wild Girl, Wild Boy, My Dad's a Birdman, Noah & the Fludd and the stage adaptations of Skellig and Heaven Eyes.
Almond's novel The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean (2011) was published in two editions: Adult (Penguin Viking); and Young Adult (Puffin). 2012 publications include The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas (illustrated by Oliver Jeffers). In 2013, Mouse Bird Snake Wolf (illustrated by Dave McKean) was published.
David grew up with four sisters and a brother in Northeast England. David later settled in Northumberland with his artist wife, Sara Jane Palmer, and his daughter, Freya.
Currently, David Almond is 71 years, 8 months and 24 days old. David Almond will celebrate 72nd birthday on a Monday 15th of May 2023. Below we countdown to David Almond upcoming birthday.