My guest today grew up on the south coast. After leaving school at 16 he pursued a career in music, joining a band and touring the UK – with one of the highlights being a performance at Glastonbury festival!
After the birth of his first son, my guest found his passion for writing and went on to author nine children’s picture books. His debut ‘The Fearsome Beastie’ won the People’s Book Prize 2012, Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award in 2013, the Bizziebaby Gold Award and The US Forward National Literary Award. Many of his other titles have also gone on to be shortlisted for other prestigious awards.
It was in March this year my guest released his first novel for adults, One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days. Written in the first person, One Hundred and Fifty-two Days is a semi-autobiographical piece about a boy whose mother is terminally ill. Its emotive writing takes you on a journey of solitude, isolation attraction and frustration. Steeped in developmental angst its an incredible journey through a turbulent time and experience -a absolute masterpiece!
Not only is my guest an award-winning writer but he co-hosts and produces the award-nominated Blank Podcast!
I was delighted to welcome to the show Mr Giles Paley-Phillips.