David Almond was born in 1951, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he now lives. He grew up in Felling-on-Tyne and was educated at South Tyneside, the University of East Anglia, and Newcastle Polytechnic. He has held a number of teaching posts: primary, adult, secondary,
special needs. He also spent a year living in a commune in early 80s.
He spent five years editing the literary journal 'Panurge' and his first published works were short stories for adults. The award-winning Skellig (see below) was his first childrens novel.
Skellig has won or been shortlisted for the following awards:
- Whitbread Children's Book of the Year 1998 (winner)
- The Carnegie Medal 1999 (shortlist, final judging to come)
- Lancashire Children's Book of the Year 1999 (winner)
- Stockton Children's Book of the Year 1999 (winner)
- The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 1999 (shortlist)
- Sheffield Children's Book of the Year (shortliest, final judging to come)
David Almond has been the recipient of the following special writers' awards:
- Arts Council Award (Literature for Young People) 1998
- Hawthornden Fellowship 1997
- Tyrone Guthrie award 1990