David Almond at the seaside

David Almond

A writer of visionary, Blakean intensity — The Times

Hello. I’m David Almond. Welcome to my website.

I’m the author of Skellig, Kit’s Wilderness, My Name is Mina, The Tightrope Walkers, The Savage, A Song for Ella Grey, Half a Creature from the Sea, The Tale of Angelino Brown and many more novels, stories, picture books, songs, opera librettos and plays.

I hope you enjoy looking around. You’ll find information about me, my books, my stage work, my events. There are links to radio programmes and interviews. There’s a page dedicated to Skellig.

Tales & Tunes

Kathryn Tickell & David Almond
with Amy Thatcher

I’ve always loved Kathryn Tickell’s music. We’ve already worked together a couple of times. We wrote a song – Song of the Tyne – that was premiered at The Sage Gateshead, sung by dozens of children from schools by the river. I’ve written a book about her and her father, Mike. It’s called The Dam, and it’ll be published next year.

When Kathryn suggested we might share a stage together, I jumped at the chance…

More about Tales & Tunes and other events

Next Events

On Saturday 21st October, as part of  Manchester Folk Festival, we’ll be bringing Tales & Tunes to the HOME Theatre, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN (Tel: 0161 200 1500).

Then on Wednesday 25th October we’ll be at Saltburn Theatre, Albion Terrace, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Yorkshire, TS12 1JW (Tel: 01287 624997)


The Hans Christian Andersen Award * Carnegie Medal * Eleanor Farjeon Award * Michel L Printz Award * Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize * Nestle Smarties Gold Award * Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year * Le Prix Sorcieres * Boston Globe-Horn Book Award * Silver Pencil * Silver Kiss

“David Almond’s books are strange, unsettling wild things – unfettered by the normal constraints of children’s literature. They are, like all great literature, beyond classification.” THE GUARDIAN

“A writer of visionary Blakean intensity.” THE TIMES

“A master storyteller.” THE INDEPENDENT