Summer 1727; a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stack to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain their abandonment. How can they survive?
GERALDINE McCAUGHREAN has written about 170 books and had far too much fun ever to call writing a job. She has been published in 41 languages and writes for every age level, from picture books to adult novels. Her awards include the Carnegie Medal, Whitbread Prize (three times), Guardian Fiction Award, Smarties, and The Blue Peter Book of the Year and “Best Book to Keep Forever”. Her last novel, The Middle of Nowhere was shortlisted for the Carnegie. Her latest is a survival story set in St Kilda.
As well as 20 children’s novels and five for adults, she has retold myths and legends, and adaptated classics such as Moby Dick, El Cid, The Canterbury Tales, Gilgamesh and A Pilgrim’s Progress. She has also written plays for schools, theatre and radio, as well as the ‘Boxford Masque’ community play performed in alternate years in the Lambourn Valley.
She lives down the road in Great Shefford with husband John. Her daughter Ailsa is an actress.
Saturday 28 October
2pm The Beacon
Family Friendly Age 10+
£3 or Family Ticket £10 (admits 4 – must include at least 1 adult)