Berlie Doherty is a unique voice in children’s literature. Twice winner of the Carnegie Medal, Berlie has been acclaimed for the “emotional honesty” of her writing. Junior Bookshelf describes her as a writer “who uses language as if it has been newly invented”.
Born: Knotty Ash, Liverpool
Jobs: Social worker, teacher, scriptwriter, author
Lives: Edale, Derbyshire
First Book for Young People: How Green You Are!, 1982
Berlie Doherty was brought up in Liverpool. It was not a bookish household, but her father, a railwayman, was an avid writer. His poetry was published in the local newspaper and he encouraged Berlie to write for the children’s page of the Liverpool Echo. Berlie carried a notebook around with her. She was a keen reader. When her local librarian introduced her to Swallows and Amazons, it was as if a door to a new world had been opened.
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Emily Climbs, Tom's Midnight Garden, The Ghost Drum, Nicholas Nickleby
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION:
My grandfather's diary
'The Sylkie of Sule Skerry'
Great Expectations (we saw it on the last day of every term at school!)
When did you start writing?
I can't remember not writing! I was certainly writing stories and poems before I went to school (my sister taught me to read and write). I used to send stories and poems to the local papers (the Liverpool Echo, the Hoylake News and Advertiser) when I was about eight, and be paid in boxes of chocolates and boxes of paints. I thought all writers were paid in this way! When I had my bike I used to cycle to Red Rocks and write there. But I began writing for a living in 1978-9 and my first book, How Green You Are!, was published in January 1982...
- Dear Nobody
- Paperback: Jun 28 2001
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