Alongside a 16-year career in bookselling and publishing, Marcus Sedgwick established himself as an award-winning writer of books for young people. He now writes full time, with books for older people too; his second adult novel,Mister Memory, was published earlier this year.
He has won many prizes, most notably the Printz Award (for Midwinterblood), the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Blue Peter Book Award. His books have been shortlisted for over forty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal (five times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (five times). In 2011, Revolver was awarded a Printz Honor. He was born and raised in East Kent but now lives in the French Alps.
Wales’s best kept secret. The house has loads of character and is labyrinthine – so many nooks and crannies and the best library ever. You instantly feel at home. The food is home cooked and wonderful and the staff welcoming. And a 15-minute walk away is an unspoiled rocky beach with a path all the way to Cricieth. If you seek inspiration you will find it here: in the workshops at Ty Newydd; on the bardic chair in the garden; all along the wild coastline.
– Patience Agbabi, 2016