Authors and Supporters

Get to know some of the authors and supporters involved with the Bootle Literary Festival

Alan Gibbons

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Alan Gibbons is an award-winning author living in Walton, here in Liverpool. Author of over seventy books and a million-selling writer, Alan tells stories to kids of all ages all over the UK and overseas, having visited seventy-four countries.

Alan has won the televised Blue Peter Book Award ‘The Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ and nineteen other awards.

David Goutcher

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​British author and games developer David Goutcher, utilities his unique skill-sets gained from an illustrious career serving as a highly specialist police officer in covert surveillance, undercover operations and devising immersive training programmes, to bring the secret world of international espionage to life in a real world experiential adventure that blurs the line between fact and fiction.

His Spy Quest novels and an award winning interactive gaming concept, chronicle the lives of a young gamer Sam Rayner, his twin sister Rebecca, and their slightly older mentors Casey Parker and Holly Ross, all of whom are fellow agents within ‘The Spy Quest Agency’. 

Alice Morrison

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Alice Morrison is an Adventurer, Author and TV Presenter, as well as a patron of the Bootle Children's Literary Festival.​ Alice has written 3 books about her travels across Morocco. Alice was born in Edinburgh but spent the first 8 years of her life roaming the mountains of Uganda, Africa. Alice returned to England to finish her education at Edinburgh University. Alice pursued a career in journalism and rose quickly through the ranks of the BBC. 

After losing a successful company to Tory cuts in 2011, Alice "left the rat race for a bike race" and bitten by the adventure bug, she committed to becoming a full-time adventurer. Alice continues to undertake challenges and break boundaries in her field, sharing her story with everyone along the way.

Altru Drama CIC

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Altru are a creative, non-profit organisation that use drama as a tool to deliver messages, explore issues and develop skills. Their work involves drama performances, workshops and projects across a wide range of themes and issues.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

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Frank Cottrell Boyce is a celebrated children's author and screenwriter. He has written such books as "Millions," "Framed," and most recently his upcoming novel "Cosmic." In 2004, Frank Cottrell Boyce was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal for outstanding achievement in children's literature for writing "Millions."

We are really excited to have Frank on board and can't wait to see what he has to bring to our school workshops and other events in the week!!.

Daniel Riding

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Daniel Riding is a children's author, poet and artist, who currently lives in Liverpool with his husband and two very demanding cats Raja and Oliver. Daniel has always loved playing with words and telling magical and fun stories, so it is no surprise that he ended up as a writer, poet and reader. When not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, Daniel can often be found reading or generally doing something arty and creative. Daniel is also a bookseller for Waterstones, which after writing is one of the best jobs in the world.

Creative Spaces Co.

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Creative Spaces Co. are a social enterprise that reimagines spaces for arts, culture & creative happenings. One of their projects - The Story Box -  is heading to the Bootle Literary Festival this Autumn. The Story Box is a free, interactive storytelling workshop for kids and their grown-ups, they’ll be dropping by to share this exciting opportunity.

Abi Horsefield from Collective Encounters Theatre Company

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Collective Encounters is a Theatre for Social Change theatre company that has been running in Merseyside for 15 years, instead of doing Shakespeare or Panto we work with groups to create work that gives voice to what they want to say. We have our own youth theatre and we run workshops out in different communities. 

The workshops we will be doing with YKids will be facilitated by Abi who has worked with Collective Encounters for 11 years. She is a cabaret and street theatre artist in her own right and has worked around the world working in war torn communities getting young people to share their stories and be creative. 

In Another Place

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Founded in 2005, In Another Place took their name and inspiration from Anthony Gormley’s “Another Place” Iron Men statues at Crosby beach, where their first performances were produced. They continue to work in collaboration with community groups, offering large creative arts projects and smaller specialist groups including their Assembly Team, Gospel Choir, Cardboard Enterprise, Giant Puppet Team, Youth Outreach, Assembly Ambassadors, and other occasional schools work!

They are:”Christians and community working together inspired by their love for God and the people around them”

Rebecca Fan-Blinston

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Rebecca is a heritage enthusiast and having studied at The University of Liverpool, continues to work in Liverpool’s business district and volunteers for community projects. Her first book called ‘The Albert Dockhounds’ was published in December 2018 by Visit Heritage UK.  She loves to share her passion and enthusiasm for Liverpool City Region through her storytelling which blends topics such as love, heritage, teamwork and friendship.

Jamie Broad

Jamie Broad is a rapper/spoken word artist from Liverpool. Known for his lyricism, Jamie's song topics cover concepts from how to make a cup of tea to the best superhero. Jamie is best known for his ability to use rap to deliver unusual concepts and storytelling. Jamie has delivered rap workshops across the country as well as releasing his own music

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Graham Parry

    Graham Parry was born in Liverpool and still lives there with his wife and son. Graham created the world of Alder having dreamt it one night and wanted to link it with his local children’s hospital, Alder Hey, in order to raise money for it. Graham looks forward to creating further books in the Alder series for children to enjoy.

    Susanne T Schroder

    Susanne has worked in publishing since leaving Copenhagen 15 yearsago. She likes children's books (a little bit more than ones meant for adults). Loves to wonder about things....like our amazing planet ... animals.  Likes to ask why, and especially what if questions.

    Memories of her grandmother’s made-up poems like How the Forget-Me-Not Got His Name have influenced her Christmas books, as have the old Christmas legends like How the Robin Got His Red Breast. She is presently working on the third in the Unlikely Heroes series, a set of Apps Freaky Facts Of The Solar System and on a series of rhyming riddles Guess Zoo that help toddlers discover who's who in the zoo.

    Watch this space, we have more authors on their way!!

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