Alan Temperley is a Geordie who left grammar school at 16 and joined the Merchant Navy. He has sailed as deck officer, trawlerman and able seaman. After undistinguished National Service in the RAF, he studied at Manchester and Edinburgh Universities and went to teach English in the northern Highlands. This remains his spiritual home. His first published work was poetry and short stories, for both of which he won national competitions. They have appeared in many anthologies. His first book was TALES OF THE NORTH COAST (1977), a collection of oral tales from remote Sutherland which is still in print. It was followed by TALES OF GALLOWAY (1979) and MURDO'S WAR (1988), an award-winning teenage novel. In 1997 his children's story HARRY AND THE WRINKLIES was published. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Hachette Jeunesse edition won the Prix Chronos in 2001. It has also been made into a popular television series. Subsequent titles are RAGBOY, HUNTRESS OF THE SEA and THE BRAVE WHALE, all published by Scholastic Children's Books. An Arabian Nights style story, THE MAGICIAN OF SAMARKAND, was published by Macmillan at the beginning of 2003 and subsequnetly turned into a Jackanory story by the BBC and it won the best Children's Program at the 2007 Banff World Television Festival. HARRY AND THE TREASURE OF EDDIE CARVER, a sequel to HARRY AND THE WRINKLIES, was published by Scholastic in 2004. Alan lives in Dumfries and Galloway, and enjoys English beer, Scottish country dancing, British wildlife and any day without rain.
Current events and projects
Talks and readings. Happy to discuss other formats. Audience any size: 30 more personal than 130. Ages ideally 9 to 13, but any age. Sessions flexible, roughly one hour plus. How childhood provides material. Development of full-length story from idea to finished work.