Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Day in the Life of Top Author

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Day in the Life of Top Author

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North East children's author David Almond, who is best known for Skellig and the Fire Eaters, is backing our Great Family Read literacy campaign. Here we publish the third part of a diary he kept while writing his latest book, Clay. 6.15am The alarm goes off. The snow's deep outside and still falling. There's a potholed lane from our house to the road through the village.

I take it slowly, but once I'm out on the road, things are bad. Have the gritters been out?

I head downhill towards the major road five miles away. Two huge timber lorries are stuck on the hill. Cars are turning back.

I don't think I'll make it. The road's like a ski slope. A few cars are getting through the tiny steep gap between the lorries. I take a deep breath and follow them.

It takes 45 minutes to drive the five miles. Still 20 miles to the airport, but down here the roads are clearer.

The plane's delayed, thank goodness. I have a bacon sandwich and a pot of tea. …

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