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Candy Gourlay
Works at The House of Procrastination
Attended Ateneo de Manila University
Lives in London
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Slow Books
A note from Candy: I was truly wowed by the last book I read by Nicky Singer  -  Knight Crew , a retelling of the Arthur-Guinevere romance set in a gritty council estate and populated by heart-breaking teenagers. When Knight Crew came out, Nicky actively ur...
Notes from the Slushpile is a group blog focused on traditional children's publishing, how to get there, craft and how to survive once you've made it. The blog is maintained by five children's authors who really don't have the time ... which is why we haven't been blogging very much.
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Pictures Mean Literacy
Work in Progress for my graphic novel class. I'll post it when it's finished! Click to view in full By Candy Gourlay I always say that if I had my life to live all over again, I would change nothing. Recently, I realised that this is not true. I do regret O...
Candy Gourlay is an award winning Filipino author based in the UK. Her children's books TALL STORY and SHINE have been nominated for many prizes including the Carnegie, the Blue Peter, the Waterstones and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. She loves babies, photography, SCBWI and making YouTube ...
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Quickbits - Nepal, Win a School Visit, Book Binge
Guesting on the BBC World Service's The Conversation | How I inadvertently became a blogger Feel free to use this badge to help raise funds for the Nepal Earthquake NEPAL NEEDS YOUR MONEY Here, in the safety of my home in London, where the ground does not s...
Candy Gourlay is an award winning Filipino author based in the UK. Her children's books TALL STORY and SHINE have been nominated for many prizes including the Carnegie, the Blue Peter, the Waterstones and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. She loves babies, photography, SCBWI and making YouTube ...
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Storifying my guest appearance on #UKMGchat: All About Dual Narratives
On 9 April, I guested on the vociferous #UKMGchat, a twitter chat group devoted to middle grade in the United Kingdom. Here's a recap of our night of tweeting (you might have to wait for the embedded tweet images to show up): Tonight @candygourlay will be t...
Notes from the Slushpile is a group blog focused on traditional children's publishing, how to get there, craft and how to survive once you've made it. The blog is maintained by five children's authors who really don't have the time ... which is why we haven't been blogging very much.
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On Writing Dual Narratives
Next #ukmgchat is THURSDAY 9th April with @candygourlay talking about DUAL NARRATIVE books for 8-13s. Ooooooh. @authorontheedge — Wise Miriam (@miriamhcraig)  So yeah, I'm guesting on #ukmgchat this coming Thursday. #ukmgchat is a Twitter discussion group t...
Candy Gourlay is an award winning Filipino author based in the UK. Her children's books TALL STORY and SHINE have been nominated for many prizes including the Carnegie, the Blue Peter, the Waterstones and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. She loves babies, photography, SCBWI and making YouTube ...
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The UKYA Egg Hunt -- Do Bunnies Lay Chocolate Eggs?
BLOG hop. Not to be mistaken with BUNNY hop. Not that this bunny is hopping. So, as you can see, I've joined a blog hop. It's actually an EGG HUNT in honour of UKYA. If you are uncool and have no idea what UKYA is, it refers to Young Adult books written in ...
Candy Gourlay is an award winning Filipino author based in the UK. Her children's books TALL STORY and SHINE have been nominated for many prizes including the Carnegie, the Blue Peter, the Waterstones and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. She loves babies, photography, SCBWI and making YouTube ...
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Cursed
By Candy Gourlay In my second novel, Shine , a girl hides away in a tall house on the edge of the sea. She suffers from a condition called the Calm that renders her mute, immediately identifiable by marks on her neck that look like burns from a noose. Peopl...
Candy Gourlay is an award winning Filipino author based in the UK. Her children's books TALL STORY and SHINE have been nominated for many prizes including the Carnegie, the Blue Peter, the Waterstones and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. She loves babies, photography, SCBWI and making YouTube ...
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How to Be An Author
Over the year, in the name of keeping a record, I'll be archiving blog posts I wrote for other websites. Here's a post I wrote for the now defunct StoryBlog  in January 2013 looking back at my first year as a proper author. Phew, it looks exhausting, the la...
Candy Gourlay is an award winning Filipino author based in the UK. Her children's books TALL STORY and SHINE have been nominated for many prizes including the Carnegie, the Blue Peter, the Waterstones and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. She loves babies, photography, SCBWI and making YouTube ...
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Where do you get your ideas?
Here I am celebrating my birthday last Sunday.   On Writing Dual Narratives  | I thought Filipinos were not allowed in books When I was a beginner author, unused to meeting readers, the question Where do you get your ideas? baffled me. In the classroom I ca...
Candy Gourlay is an award winning Filipino author based in the UK. Her children's books TALL STORY and SHINE have been nominated for many prizes including the Carnegie, the Blue Peter, the Waterstones and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. She loves babies, photography, SCBWI and making YouTube ...
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How We Live Now
By Candy Gourlay Last week, my friend  Nick Cross waxed nostalgic over on the SCBWI Blog Network , looking up the early days of long time bloggers like me. It was fun checking out those early versions of ourselves that we presented to the outside world. For...
Notes from the Slushpile is a group blog focused on traditional children's publishing, how to get there, craft and how to survive once you've made it. The blog is maintained by five children's authors who really don't have the time ... which is why we haven't been blogging very much.
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Dear Candy Gourlay, Why did you decide to become an author?
Because of THIS:   Excerpts from a bulging envelope of letters from the children of William Read Primary School in Canvey Island. Thank you to the Year Sixes, Ms Probin, Mr Overill and other staff of William Read.  Kids, you made my day! Thank you for makin...
Candy Gourlay is an award winning Filipino author based in the UK. Her children's books TALL STORY and SHINE have been nominated for many prizes including the Carnegie, the Blue Peter, the Waterstones and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. She loves babies, photography, SCBWI and making YouTube ...
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Thinking about the World in Books
Latymer's excellent world  map of books. Click on the image to enlarge. There is SHINE sharing the Philippines with Andy Mulligan's TRASH.    Last week I visited The Latymer School in Edmonton as one of my World Book Day school visits (yeah, I know, it's no...
Candy Gourlay is an award winning Filipino author based in the UK. Her children's books TALL STORY and SHINE have been nominated for many prizes including the Carnegie, the Blue Peter, the Waterstones and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. She loves babies, photography, SCBWI and making YouTube ...
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  • The House of Procrastination
    author, 2010 - present
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Candy Gourlay was a journalist writing about dictators in the Third World before she took up a full time position battling dictators of the nappy-clad variety. She inadvertently became a web designer while avoiding doing the dishes. She takes procrastination to new levels by blogging, drawing and making YouTube videos for fun. Her debut novel TALL STORY has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for 13 awards. It won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe. www.candygourlay.com
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  • Ateneo de Manila University
  • St Theresa's College Quezon City
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Candy Quimpo