A winner of the world’s most distinguished prize in children’s literature will be sharing his knowledge and expertise as writer-in-residence this summer with Hollins University’s graduate programs in the genre.
British author David Almond, who won the Hans Christian Andersen Award (often called the “Little Nobel Prize”) in 2010 for his lasting contributions to children’s literature, will be visiting Hollins during the university’s Summer Term, June 17 – July 26, and will discuss his life and career in a free public lecture on Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Niederer Auditorium, located in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center.
Almond’s debut novel for young adults, Skellig (1998), about a boy who finds a possibly mystical creature in his backyard, earned critical acclaim and won Britain’s prestigious Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year award and the Carnegie Medal. The New York Times Book Review praised Skellig for “its subtlety, its sideways angles. It is a book about the business of everyday life proceeding on a canvas suddenly widened to include mystery and tragedy, although not everyone has eyes to see.”
Other books by Almond include Kit’s Wilderness (1999), winner of the British Arts Council Award for outstanding literature for young people and the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature from the American Library Association; The Fire-Eaters (2003), shortlisted for both the Whitbread Award and the Carnegie Medal and winner of the Smarties Gold Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for fiction and poetry; and My Name is Mina (2010), shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.
Hollins is one of the few colleges and universities in the country to offer humanities graduate degrees exclusively in children’s literature. Graduate students complete either an M.A. or an M.F.A. degree in the study and writing of children’s and young adult literature over a period of three to five summers. The concurrent programs offer a community of writers and scholars learning from each other, visits from a nationally known writer-in-residence, and the chance to participate in an annual student-organized children’s literature conference. The programs are closely associated with the Hollins creative writing program, and faculty members are drawn from the ranks of Hollins writers and professors and other leading scholars from the field of children’s literature.