Catherine Johnson and Sally Gardner in conversation
was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London Institute, Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison and Reader in Residence at the Royal Festival Hall’s Imagine Children’s Literature Festival.
She is the author of several books for children and young adults, Arctic Hero (2008) , which tells the true story of Matthew Henson, an African-American explorer who was written out of history despite being one of the first men to reach the North Pole in 1909.
Her other books for young people include Landlocked (1999); Stella (2002); The Dying Game (2007); Con Men (2009); The Nightmare Card (2011); Brave New Girl (2011); and Sawbones (2013).
is an award winning children’s writer and illustrator.
She won both the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal for Maggot Moon (Hot Key Books, 2012)
Maggot Moon tells the story of a dyslexic teenager, Standish, who lives in a dystopian version of 1950s England, and who must find a way to bring down the oppressive forces of the ‘Motherland’. It was described by children’s writer Meg Rosoff as ‘a perfect book’.