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Alan Durant

Alan Durant - Editor

Brighton, United Kingdom

Experienced editorial consultant and award-winning author of books for children of all ages - toddlers to teenagers. I know what works!

Overview

After working for some years in publishing at Walker Books, I am now a full-time author of books for children from bestselling picture books such as Burger Boy, Dear Tooth Fairy and Always and Forever to top-end teenage thrillers (Blood, Flesh and Bones). I offer editorial feedback and advice on manuscripts informed by my knowledge, experience and expertise of the children's publishing world as a widely published author and publishing creative. I have written in many different genres - comedy, horror, fantasy, sport, thrillers, school stories, adventure, historical, picture books - and a wide variety of subjects from fairies to football, gameboys to grief.

I also run courses on writing for children in France and Brighton, and for The Guardian and Penguin Random House Children's Books.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • The Royal Mail Scottish Children's Book Award
  • Portsmouth Children's Book Award
  • Stockport Children's Book Award

Work experience

Writer, Tutor and Editor

Self-employed
January, 2000 – Present (almost 18 years)

I do extensive work in primary and secondary schools, running creative writing workshops with the children, as well as giving interactive talks and presentations.

I also run writing masterclasses through The Guardian and through Penguin Random House.

I run writing workshops at my home in Brighton, and also writing retreats at my property in rural France.

Senior Copywriter

Walker Books Ltd.
January, 1986 – January, 2004 (about 18 years)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Always and Forever

Alan Durant

When Fox dies the rest of his family are absolutely distraught. How will Mole, Otter and Hare go on without their beloved friend? But, months later, Squirrel reminds them all of how funny Fox used to be, and they realise that Fox is still there in their hearts and memories.

When Fox dies the rest of his family are absolutely distraught. How will Mole, Otter and Hare go on without their beloved friend? But, months later, Squirrel reminds them all of how funny Fox used to be, and they realise that Fox is still there in their hearts and memories.

Dear Tooth Fairy

Alan Durant

Burger Boy

Alan Durant

Burger Boy

Burger Boy

Dear Father Christmas

Alan Durant

When Holly sees a man who looks like Father Christmas, she decides to write him a letter: "Dear Father Christmas - is it snowing in Lapland? Please answer. Love Holly." And so begins the start of a touching penpal friendship with Father Christmas himself in which Holly learns about the magic of elves, reindeer and life in Lapland, as well as getting some very special Christmas surprises. This ... read more

When Holly sees a man who looks like Father Christmas, she decides to write him a letter: "Dear Father Christmas - is it snowing in Lapland? Please answer. Love Holly." And so begins the start of a touching penpal friendship with Father Christmas himself in which Holly learns about the magic of elves, reindeer and life in Lapland, as well as getting some very special Christmas surprises. This ... read more

Game Boy (4u2read)

Alan Durant

Game Boy

Game Boy

Buzz and Bingo in the Starry Sky: Band 10/White (Collins Big Cat)

Alan Durant, Collins Big Cat

Buzz and Bingo in the Starry Sky: Band 10/White In this comical adventure, Buzz and Bingo find themselves in Outer Space trying to help a lost alien, XY5, find his parents. Along the way they meet a number of glittering constellations in the starry sky and a whole family of aliens. But after assisting XY5 they find themselves with the problem of trying to get back to earth. Full description

Buzz and Bingo in the Starry Sky: Band 10/White In this comical adventure, Buzz and Bingo find themselves in Outer Space trying to help a lost alien, XY5, find his parents. Along the way they meet a number of glittering constellations in the starry sky and a whole family of aliens. But after assisting XY5 they find themselves with the problem of trying to get back to earth. Full description

Let's Read! Football Fever

Alan Durant

Let's Read! Football Fever

Let's Read! Football Fever

Blood

Alan Durant

Flesh And Bones

Alan Durant

Flesh and Bones From the ruins of an ancient abbey, British archaeologists unearth the skull of a young monk. Using the very latest technology, Liam's dad must attempt to put the flesh back on the bone and give life back to the skull. What did the young man look like? But as his dad works, Liam finds himself submitting to an irresistible force. Full description

Flesh and Bones From the ruins of an ancient abbey, British archaeologists unearth the skull of a young monk. Using the very latest technology, Liam's dad must attempt to put the flesh back on the bone and give life back to the skull. What did the young man look like? But as his dad works, Liam finds himself submitting to an irresistible force. Full description

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