Philip Ardagh has been announced as the new Booktrust Writer In Residence, taking over from Chris Riddell.
We are delighted to share that Philip Ardagh is our new Booktrust Writer in Residence. Standing more than two metres tall with a big, bushy beard, the unmissable children’s author (in more ways than one) begins his six month residency. Readers can expect a post from him every Monday – you’ll never know what you’re going to get!
Mr Ardagh, winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2009 with Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky (with illustrator Jim Paillot) and author of the award-winning Eddie Dickens Trilogy, has written over sixty books for all ages. He even collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on the ex-Beatle’s only children’s book to date.
On his appointment as Booktrust’s online Writer in Residence, Ardagh said:
‘I was delighted to be asked because I’m a huge admirer of the work Booktrust do to promote reading. I’m also delighted to have the opportunity to inflict my thoughts on anything and everything – including books and beards – on an unsuspecting public.’