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Frank Cottrell Boyce at NAWE Conference
Fri 27 Jun 2008
Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning children's author and one of Britain's top screenwriters, will be giving the Saturday evening reading and discussion at NAWE's Conference in Manchester this November.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is an established British screenwriter whose film credits include Welcome to Sarajevo, Hilary and Jackie, 24 Hour Party People and The Claim. His first book, Millions, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. It was made into a movie directed by Danny Boyle and chosen as the Liverpool Reads book for 2005/06.

Frank's second novel, Framed, has followed the success of Millions, already being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award and the Guardian Prize. It was also selected as a Booked Up! title in 2007. His third novel, Cosmic, was published in June 2008 to great acclaim and has been longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008.

In his own words: "Shortly after leaving university, I had a radio play broadcast and it led to a job at Thames Television (Education Department), where I met Michael Winterbottom who was an editor at the time. We planned to make movies. At the time everyone in England had given up on films. It was after the Goldcrest debacle so it was like saying you wanted to do door-to-door roof thatching or scrimshaw work - a lost art. I supported myself by writing for Coronation Street - wonderful fun and the nearest I've ever got to a proper job. Then we made Welcome to Sarajevo and we've made several films since.

"When I met my wife-to-be, she was planning on becoming a nun. Luckily I managed to persuade her to marry me instead. We now have 7 children, ranging from 24 to four years old and we live in Liverpool.

"I can just about remember sitting on the couch with my parents, watching the first men landing on the Moon. We really did think that we were living in the space age and that by the time I had children we would all be able to go on space holidays together. Lots of other amazing things happened instead, of course, but I am still hoping that one day I'll go into space. In the meantime it seemed like it would be fun to go there in my own imagination."

The full conference programme will be mailed to all members together with the journal (No. 45) early in July.

Full booking information is already available.

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Organisation:
National Association of Writers in Education
Contact Name:
Paul Munden
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paul@nawe.co.uk

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