Author details

Alan Temperley

Biography

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.

Email

alan.temperley@metronet.co.uk

Local authority where they are based

Dumfries and Galloway

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

5-8, 9-12

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Illustrator, Writer

Language

English

Books written

Scar Hill

Scar Hill

Author(s): Alan Temperley
Far away from everything in the Scottish Highlands, Peter Irwin is far from your normal teenager.
Harry And The Treasure Of Eddie Carver

Harry And The Treasure Of Eddie Carver

Author(s): Alan Temperley
Harry's arch-enemy, Gestapo Lil, is back.
Harry and the Wrinklies

Harry and the Wrinklies

Author(s): Alan Temperley
When the orphaned Harry is sent to live with his elderly aunts, he gets the shock of his life.
Tales of the North Coast (Editor)

Tales of the North Coast (Editor)

Author(s): Alan Temperley
A collection of 58 stories and tales from the far North of Scotland which emerged from an oral history project, where young people recored stories from their elders in their immediate locality.
The Simple Giant

The Simple Giant

Author(s): Alan Temperley
"The Simple Giant" is one of the "Every Story" series.
The Huntress of the Sea

The Huntress of the Sea

Author(s): Alan Temperley
Ewan's life is about the change.It begins with the ragged stranger who pursues him down the road-and who seems to know his name. And there are other mysteries, too.
Tales of Galloway

Tales of Galloway

Author(s): Alan Temperley
A collection of 51 traditional tales from the Galloway region of Scotland.
Ragboy, Rats and the Surging Sea

Ragboy, Rats and the Surging Sea

Author(s): Alan Temperley
Silas is a boy who makes his living by scavenging in the city and beachcombing by the sea. One morning he finds a mermaid lying injured on the beach.
The Brave Whale

The Brave Whale

Author(s): Alan Temperley
Waldo Leander Fluke is a young whale with bright eyes, a nice grey skin, and a tail that is wider than the biggest stretch of yourarms.
Murdo's War

Murdo's War

Author(s): Alan Temperley
A whiskey smuggler on the northernmost coast of mainland Britain during World War II, Murdo must outwit the enemy and alert the authorities before "Operation Flood-Tide" can be set i

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